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Entrepreneurs Launchpad Fund (ELF)

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ELF aims to help underserved student entrepreneurs launch new businesses by assisting in funding startup costs.

Applications open January 2025.

Launchpad 2024 Competition is on April 24, 2025.

Dominican University

Brennan School of Business

7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Ready to get started?

An Opportunity for Your Small Business

While 99% of all US-based businesses are small businesses,

only 3% of minority and women led startups are funded by VC's.

What is the ELF Process?


Register your intention to participate in Launchpad 2025 by completing the simple Application Form. Complete the application anytime before March 21, 2025.

Submit Business Summary

Prepare and submit a 2-3 page Business Executive Summary. Submit through email to Tabitha Mucci ( by March 28, 2025.

Finalist Presentation Prep

Finalists will be selected by April 4, 2025. If selected to be one of five finalists, you will need to prepare a full presentation (template will be provided) and an updated Business Executive Summary.

Launchpad Pitch Event

Present your business to an Investment Committee at the Launchpad 2025 event on

April 24, 2024, from 3:00-5:30 PM at Dominican University.





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