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LaunchU is a 20+ hour facilitated course that coaches aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through business planning, pitching, and tracking financials to ensure their business is feasible. Participants benefit from instruction by a certified facilitator, small group activities, local experts as guest speakers, a Startup Handbook, and a 3-month license for LivePlan, the cloud-based business planning software.


Receive coaching through step-by-step curriculum and hands-on group excersises


Conduct market research and develop a SBA-approved analysis of your business concept


Input and evaluate projections with LivePlan for rock-solid, error-free financials


Prepare and practice an impressive presentation for potential funders and partners

I was always scared of taking the leap into entrepreneurship and leaving the safety of my full-time job. LaunchU provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge about everything I needed to know. And more importantly it gave me the confidence and courage to finally take action steps and move forward! It was great to get connected to others and also get connected with the right mentors and local experts who could help me with starting and growing my business.

Caitlin Schlichting

Digital Fire

The LaunchU class was a great experience to further my business. It has already opened the doors to numerous business opportunities in the area. I’m really excited to see what the future will bring.

Becky Brown

Cakes Reanimated

LaunchU has given me the opportunity to put my ideas and thoughts into an amazing feasibility plan so I can take my business concept to the next level. The class has also allowed me to connect with some astonishing individuals in the community that I can reach out to as I continue my business journey.

Melia Neal

I was referred to this program by a previous participant and LaunchU provided me with the knowledge and tools necessary to start and run a business. The facilitation team opened my eyes to how much is involved with entrepreneurship and how to do it for myself. For this I am grateful and would recommend the course to anyone looking to strike out on their own.

Eric Starzinger

Starzinger Craft & Design