Emory Startup Launch

Helping Early-Stage Startups

Do you have a startup idea? Ready to test your team and idea by participating in a fast-paced, eight-week program at Emory?

The program helps early-stage founders through a defined process that will allow teams to rapidly take their ideas and test them with customers to discard, change and build a business model to move the startup forward.  

This program has been very successful at helping teams discover reliable pathways to authentic demand in early customers. In almost all cases, teams attending the program achieve success by using the evidence-based tools and processes to recognize when to move away from ideas that don’t reveal demand from buyers/users.

Participation open to entire Emory community - Students, faculty/staff, alumni (at least one Emory community member per team qualifies entire team)

Maximum team size is four members with at least one member of the team being a current Emory student, alumni, faculty or staff member. The program instructor chooses participating teams through a fit interview.

All team members will be required to attend on a weekly basis: a three-hour night session, present a weekly team update, and complete in-person, documented customer interviews.  In addition, it is highly encouraged to meet with your SLA leader during posted office hours to discuss advancements of the business and progress of the founders.

The program will be held at Emory University.

Please consider: This is a highly-interactive program that requires substantial time outside the classroom interacting with your potential buyers/users each week.

Our Team


Applications for the 2022 Spring cohort are now CLOSED.  Stay tuned for applications for the next cohort.

Your team only needs one Emory community member to qualify the entire team for the program.
The program is open to the entire Emory community, to help build and enhance the Emory student/faculty/staff/alumni entrepreneurial spirit by helping create successful startups. 

Yes please!

Please apply as completing the application will help you focus your idea and move it from a napkin to a page and that will be helpful.  We would love to hear from you. 

No, we don't take any ownership of IP or equity in the teams in the program.

No, we don't take any ownership of IP or equity in the teams in the program.

Yep, still free.  Thanks, Emory!