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Launch Now Accepting Applications

Launch Chapel Hill is now accepting applications for their July 2016 cohort of ventures. This will be the sixth cohort in the startup accelerator program’s history. Launch opened in 2013 and 53 companies have participated in the program. Over the last three years, Launch companies have raised millions of dollars in funding and have created over 100 jobs. In 2015, Launch was named one of the top 5 university business accelerators in North America by UBI Global Index, an international benchmarking organization. The UBI rankings are based on economic impact, access to funding, and venture performance after program completion. 

“We are happy about the positive economic and social impact Launch has had on Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Triangle over the past three years and we look forward to continuing that success with a new group of high potential startups,”said Dina Rousset, Associate Director at Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Director of Launch.

Launch Chapel Hill is a startup accelerator located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Every year Launch accepts two cohorts of high-potential, high-impact startups to enter its 22-week program. Launch Chapel Hill does not take equity in any of its ventures. It is supported by the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, the University of North Carolina, and a private donor. Launch graduates include startups such as Keona Health, Impulsonic, Tom and Jenny’s, and Freedom.

Rousset says that Launch is looking for all types of high-impact startups to apply to the program.  “Launch does not focus on any specific industry, so we’re looking for startups that range from low-tech to high-tech, social to commercial, and everything in between. The primary things we look for are high potential to scale and a desire to create impact.”

Those interested can learn more and apply at The deadline to apply for the July 2016 cohort is Sunday, May 22.  Interested entrepreneurs who would like to tour the space and meet Launch staff and current Launch tenants should email Aaron Scarboro at