Texas Tech University

iLaunch Competition

Applications open until March 23rd at 5pm

iLaunch is a competition for the next big idea. Students and entrepreneurs must submit an application to the program. The competition provides a $10,000 award to the winner. The competition is hosted at The Hub once a year. Participants receive mentoring, templates for business plan and pitch deck. It's recommended that interested parties attend Hub Camp to increase chances of winning the iLaunch competition.

Application Requirements, At-A-Glance

  • A written business plan (including an executive summary)
  • A pitch (presentation) deck based on the competition rules and guidelines
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Finalist will be announced on April 13th, 2018.  All Finalist are REQUIRED to attend Pitch Scrubs on April 17th, 2018 and Tech Check Day on April 19th, 2018.
  • The Top 10 finalist are required to attend the Lightning Round Reception on April 23rd from 4pm-6pm and the iLaunch Competition on April 24th from 9:00am-2:00pm. 


How to Get Started

To get started, an important first step is to establish one member of the team as a dependable startup "captain" to manage all communications and logistics for the company and correspondence with Hub staff.

First Step

  1. Print and review rules and guidelines
  2. Create a profile and finish the application
    1. Upload Requirements: resume, one-page executive summary, business plan, three letters of recommendation, presentation/pitch deck
  3. Download templates and meet a Hub mentor/advisor

Second Step

  1. Visit the hub for upcoming information to learn the competition basics, how to write your business plan, or advice on next steps. The hub and other resources offer the following to help you prepare for the competition:
    1. Hub Camp
    2. See the Hub website for templates 

Third Step

  1. Submission deadline: March 23rd, 2018 by 5pm
  2. Review the Hub schedule regularly for upcoming events, networking, and seminars
  3. Schedule a meeting with a Hub Mentor early