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Kansas State University seeks innovative startup ideas for Launch a Business program

Monday, March 7, 2016


Applications are being accepted now from Kansas-based startups for Kansas State University's third annual Launch a Business program, which provides the building blocks to turn a concept into a successful venture. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is seeking applications from Kansas-based startups to participate in its third annual K-State Launch a Business program, powered by KS State Bank.

Also known as LAB, the program, which provides entrepreneurs much-needed resources including faculty-led courses, hands-on student research teams and access to the world-class Kansas State University alumni mentor network, is specifically intended for early-stage companies. It is designed to provide the building blocks for turning a concept into a successful venture.

As many as 20 high-potential startup ventures or concepts will be selected to participate in the Launch a Business program, including up to 10 companies from global food systems industries.

"The LAB program allows us to share our expertise with the community," said Chad Jackson, director of the university's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship in 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."

Kansas-based startup founders with scalable, for-profit businesses or ideas are invited to apply until 5 p.m. Monday, April 11. 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.

The program will take place from May 26 to June 23. Program organizers invite all alumni and supporters of Kansas State University and the regional startup ecosystem to mark their calendars for a closing celebration on June 23. The event will feature presentations from all Launch a Business participants.

Startups are not charged to participate in the Launch a Business program. More details, including the online application form, can be found at k-state.edu/lab.


Chad Jackson


K-State Launch a Business program

Written by

Brent Fritzemeier

At a glance

The third annual Launch a Business program at Kansas State University is now accepting applications from Kansas-based startups. The program runs May 26-June 23.