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K-State seeks innovative startup ideas for new Launch a Business program

Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its inaugural Launch a Business program.

The program will deliver courses, research and mentorship to new ventures. Up to 10 high-potential startup ventures or concepts will be selected for participation in the five-session summer program, including faculty-led courses, hands-on student research teams and access to the university’s alumni mentor network.

The program runs July 10 through Aug. 8 with a Demo Day on Aug. 12 where one company will be selected to receive a cash and in-kind prize package valued at more than $50,000.

“The LAB program allows us to share our expertise with the community,” said Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our faculty, alumni and students are incredible resources, and we are excited to ask them to volunteer to support the next great startup ventures. We are grateful to KS State Bank for making this possible.”

The Launch a Business program is specifically intended for early-stage companies, designed to provide the building blocks for turning a concept into a successful venture. The program is powered by KS State Bank.

Criteria for selection include identifying a real problem and an innovative solution, demonstrating the drive to succeed and ability to incorporate feedback, and showing commitment to the idea and the Launch a Business program, according to a press release.

Kansas-based startup founders with scalable, for-profit businesses or ideas are invited to apply. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on April 28. 

More details, including the online application form, can be found on the College of Business Adminstration’s website.

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