The Launch Labs is both a physical space and a concept; in that it’s a place where we will mentor and help entrepreneurs and student entrepreneurs with a number of resources and events in and around Launch Labs. Launch Labs is designed for intense 24/7 entrepreneurship. There are conference rooms, kitchens, offices, showers, and the walls are painted with “idea paint” for white boarding.
An anchoring partner of the Launch Labs is a Southern California-based accelerator called K5Launch which was founded by four Tech Coast Angel members. In addition to Launch Labs’s partnership with K5Launch, we are creating a student incubator which will provide Chapman students office space, mentors, and access to professionals such as attorneys, CPAs, and marketing executives.
Apply for the Leatherby Center Student Incubator
Turn your business idea into a reality! Click here for program details and here for application documents to be considered for the opportunity to have office space, access to resources, mentors, and professional guidance from an extensive network of successful entrepreneurs. The Student Incubator will provide the necessary tools to propel student teams towards their goals and aspirations.
For Questions contact Gene Alexander, Director of Technology Entrepreneurship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
K5Launch Student Shadow Program
Each K5Launch Shadow program class session lasts 14 weeks. The goal of the K5Launch-Shadow curriculum is to provide the opportunity to a multi-disciplinary team of full time students (ideally 5) to participate in the life of a startup during the K5Launch session. Students have an opportunity to either audit the course, or earn up to 3 independent study credits. K5Launch Fall 2012 session is located on 342 N Glassell next to the Law School building.
All participants need to spend a minimum of 72 hours at K5Launch during the course of the program. K5Launch prefers that at least 1 or 2 students be from the graduate level. The team leads have the responsibility to connect with the startup lead as well as comply with the rules and guidelines of the program.
This is a semester long program consisting of a classroom lectures and two weekly (team) meetings with your assigned startup company. Additional team meetings may be arranged with team faculty advisors and K5 startup mentors. A final exam will cover both theory (presented during the lectures) and practice (team meetings, assignments). At the end of the semester, each student team will present (in front of the class) a synopsis of their assigned startup company, the challenges encountered during the semester, solutions implemented and subsequent results.
Launch Labs FAQ
You will find more information about Launch Labs in the questions below, answered by Leatherby Center Director Richard Sudek.