CoLab INC Hosts Annual Collegiate Pitch Competitions for SDA Students


LaunchU Pitch Events offer an opportunity for students to win startup funding for their businesses. 

Boise, ID: This year, CoLab INC will be hosting its LaunchU Collegiate Pitch Event in various SDA schools including Walla Walla University, Pacific Union College, Southern Adventist University and Oakwood  University for its second consecutive year. For the 2020-2021 school year the program will be adding two more schools, Southwestern Adventist University in Texas, and Burman University in Canada.

The pitch competitions are scheduled for the 2021 spring term with the intent of encouraging young entrepreneurs at the collegiate level by providing startup capital and mentorship opportunities.

This year CoLab INC will award a combined amount of $60K in startup funding, split accordingly per school:

  • 1st- Place: $5,000, 5 hours of professional mentorship and a trip to pitch at CoLab INC Moxie Business Summit
  • 2nd- Place: $3,000 and 5 hours of mentorship
  • 3rd- Place: $2,000

Julian Waddell, business professor at Oakwood University shares the impact LaunchU had on campus,  

“The biggest hurdle that student entrepreneurs encounter is access to seed capital and because of that, startup ventures aren’t pursued as regularly as they should within a safe academic environment. Thanks to CoLab INC, we have been able to develop our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”  

Julian Waddell

To be part of the upcoming 2020-2021 LaunchU Pitch Competition students must register and submit their application by January 10, 2021 at The finalists will be competing for a combined prize of $10K in funding, professional mentorship, and registration to CoLab’s Moxie Business Summit & Pitch Event, in April. 

If you know a student in any of the participating schools, encourage them to submit their application for a chance to win startup funding and mentorship to grow their business.

“ We are excited to continue fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship across on SDA campuses around the world”

Ryan Dye, Executive Director


About CoLab INC

We believe launching an idea should be easier, which is why we facilitate regular workshops, pitch events and one-on-one coaching sessions to help entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders, and filmmakers to chart a course for success. 
Our company is funded by successful industry leaders who are passionate about giving back by helping students achieve their goals.