Who we are
Housed under the Office of the Provost, the WVU LaunchLab Network serves as a comprehensive, one-stop innovation and commercialization center. Located in Morgantown and Beckley, the LaunchLab Network consists of applied innovation centers providing WVU students with a collaborative working environment to create their new ideas. Whether the idea is a for-profit or non-profit, the LaunchLab Network offers hands-on idea development support, education, mentorship, prototyping facilities, resources and connections to help advance innovative entrepreneurs.
These student-based applied innovation centers leverage the capabilities and resources of multiple academic and professional disciplines. The LaunchLab Network offers a comprehensive approach to providing startup support while utilizing the university and the state’s economic development community.
Why we need your support
All the WVU LaunchLab Network’s services are free of charge to students. We help any student in any major, offering guidance throughout the entire innovation process from ideation to commercialization.
In the 2017/2018 school year, the LaunchLab Network assisted 171 new student ideas and continued to support 210 student businesses in their development. Our students received close to $90K in funding through grants or pitch competitions.
We are asking you to partner with the LaunchLab Network to help us continue to provide these opportunities. Your monetary donation will be used to directly support our students by providing them with the resources needed for future innovation.
How you can help
One of the biggest components of our free services lies within prototype development, which happens in our MakerLab. Since our services are free to students, the LaunchLab Network supports the cost of prototype and product development. With the help of donations and sponsorships, the LaunchLab Network will be able to support more student innovations towards commercialization and/or business startups.
Our Greatest Needs Fund also supports:
The LaunchLab Network Seed Funding is an application-based grant fund designed to support ventures that have been formed and vetted, with student owners who are prepared to work full time on the product or company. Seed funding is appropriate for companies that are pre-revenue and need the funds to complete product development and build their team in preparation for launch.
Pitch Competition Proceeds
The LaunchLab Network hosts several opportunities for student innovators to pitch their ideas for startup funds. These funds are small grants geared towards continued product development and are applied directly to materials or service providers. We also help our students attend national pitch competitions by providing coaching, and assisting with transportation cost.