Welcome to LAUNCH
Game-changing technologies are emerging at NMSU, where researchers and creative problem solvers are working in disciplines with real world impacts. Historically, it has been difficult to transition early-stage research into marketable products. Arrowhead Center’s Launch program is based on a simple concept that yields great results: by exploring a technology’s commercial potential very early in development and providing funding and resources for that work, we stand a much better chance of moving a viable product to market.
Launch has been identifying and providing commercialization support to promising early-stage technologies since 2011. We recently introduced a new format for the program to expedite rapid growth in technology commercialization. This will involve more intensive product development and direct mentorship, which will assess and validate technologies, explore customer development, and identify investment opportunities
“The LAUNCH competition pushed me to discover my first customer, understand them, talk to them, and start exploring options to collaborate. I will use the funds to connect Koolkat with relevant people in the industry. It’s really all about building on the passion you have.”Carlos Murguia
LAUNCH significantly accelerated my startup and invention, enabling me to leap forward. LAUNCH funding enables me to hire interns, refine my prototype, and exhibit my invention at various conferences around the country.
LAUNCH is ruthless. The pace is ruthless – the idea of a pitch and marketing plan was new to me as a researcher.The program taught me ruthless creativity: I could not afford to not be creative. It taught me ruthless courage, as sometimes the process was slow. It also taught me ruthless open-mindedness: I had to be open-minded to honest criticism from the technology commercialization associates, which has helped me with receiving subsequent National Science Foundation criticism.
LAUNCH ROUND 7
Application Deadline: November 3, 2017
Pitch Day: November 16, 2017
LAUNCH Day: April 18, 2018
LAUNCH Reception: April 19, 2018
By The Numbers
In the seven years that the LAUNCH Program has been in operation, participants and winners of have received seed funding and equity investments ranging in value from $2,000 to $25,000. Last year, two equity investments for $20,000 each were given to the winners of LAUNCH.
There are other prize opportunities that participants of LAUNCH are eligible for:
- Cash prize for Social Media Favorite
- Free meetings with Intellectual Property attorneys
- Graphic design consultation and work
- Additional opportunities will be available