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

2017 LAUNCH Winner, KoolKat

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.

Alex Gorsuch

2017 LAUNCH Winner

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.

Nancy McMillan

2016 LAUNCH Participant


Application Deadline: November 3, 2017

Pitch Day: November 16, 2017

LAUNCH Day: April 18, 2018

LAUNCH Reception: April 19, 2018

What is LAUNCH?

LAUNCH is a four-month accelerator in which the commercial potential of promising inventions is developed with support and guidance from Arrowhead Center.

What We're Seeking

  • NMSU inventions with commercial potential
  • Entrepreneurs & businesses to license NMSU inventions

Who is Eligible?

  • Any individual or business wanting to license NMSU inventions
  • Faculty, staff, and students with inventions developed within NMSU (main campus or at our community colleges)

Why Apply?

  • Opportunity for seed funding to accelerate and take inventions to market
  • Opportunity to license a NMSU invention
  • Access to valuable expert business & market mentorship

NMSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact:
Arrowhead Center at 575-646-6120 or arrowheadcenter@nmsu.edu.

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

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