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Innovation Hub

iLaunch Competition


Compete in Texas Tech's own "Shark Tank" for $10,000!

Apply before October 20th!

iLaunch is a pitch competition to identify, grow, and launch startup companies. The competition prepares the entrepreneur for future success in launching a “real” business. The competition is based on the Business Model Canvas.

Submissions are evaluated by entrepreneurs, faculty, investors, and staff using the iLaunch scorecard. The top 10 finalists will be mentored and advance to the iLaunch Competition Event on Friday, November 17th where competitors present to "sharks".

Who can apply?

To apply, you must be 18-years or older. Not affiliated with Texas Tech University? No worries! The application is open to the public. 

Why should you apply to compete?

The art of the pitch is an essential skill that every entrepreneur must possess, and practice makes perfect. Plus, check out the prizes.


1st Place: $10,000 2nd Place: $3,000 3rd Place: $1,000

Applying to the competition is a simple, three-step process:

Step One

Review the iLaunch Guidelines that'll tell you the rules, eligibility requirements, how the competition works, and what you need to apply. Required documents: a resume of the primary applicant, a pitch presentation, a completed Business Model Canvas, and a video link.

Step Two

Visit the application portal by clicking the button below! You'll be asked to create a profile, answer application questions, and upload your supporting documents (listed above) to the application. Apply now! 

Step Three

Why not compete to win even more money? Submit your 60-second pitch video to the Red Raider Idea Competition. One video, double the opportunity to take your idea to the next level!

Need help?

Make the most of what the Innovation Hub has to offer! Connect with an iTTU Mentor by scheduling an appointment or contact us to learn more about our resources. 



Pitch Video Samples



Fall 2022 iLaunch Competition Photos