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  • Locations: Oberlin, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Career Development/Internship
Program Description:
Please note, you MUST first apply to LaunchU through this link and be selected before applying through the WT website.

This project is only open to students who have already been selected into the LaunchU start-up program

Project Details
Want to actually change the world? Watch this VIDEO.  

LaunchU is Oberlin’s signature venture start-up program! Learn what it takes to grow an opportunity into a sustainable business, non-profit or social enterprise. You'll gain powerful tools and skills that enable you to see opportunity, marshal necessary resources, build your action plan and execute for success.
Professionals in areas of finance, marketing, law, team-building, fund raising and presentation will provide in-depth training in the core aspects necessary for a startup. And successful Oberlin entrepreneurs will share what it took for them to succeed. Whether you want to start your own enterprise or you want to just have fun while learning life skills (that will make you invaluable in the “innovation” economy), you will work hard and have fun exploring how you could “change the world” and drive positive impact.
Project Itinerary
During pre-bootcamp you watch videos and read selected articles in preparation for the bootcamp. The bootcamp is held across 11 days, from 9am – 9pm. All ventures going through the bootcamp are invited to Pitch for startup funding. The First Pitch is in February and the winners go onto the Final Pitch in March, overlapping with Oberlin's quarterly Board of Trustees meeting, providing an opportunity for all ventures to be introduced to the leadership of the College. The program is open to all members of the Oberlin community including students, alumni, faculty and staff. Venture teams may have members who are not from the Oberlin community. There needs to be at least on member who is an Oberlin community member.  
LaunchU Application Deadline: no later than Nov. 15 (Apply Here)

Acceptance Notification: Nov. 25

Oberlin WT Registration Deadline: no later than Dec. 6
**Please note, if you are accepted into the program you will be automatically registered for this project.

Pre-Bootcamp Reading Materials and Videos: Jan. 3 - 16

Bootcamp: Jan. 17 - 27

First Pitch Competition: Feb. 22

Final Pitch Competition: March 5-6 

Number of students:

There is no fee for this project

Project Sponsor:
Bara Watts (

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.