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  • Who is eligible?
    We encourage you to apply if you are a current Dominican University student, including undergraduate and graduate levels within any major. We also encourage Alumni from the Class of 2023.
  • How much funding is available?
    Funding is received in $2,500 increments per recipient with up to $22,500 available each year for the entire program.
  • Do I have to pay the money back?
    No. Funding is awarded in the form of a grant to be used solely for business purposes. The grants do not need to be paid back, but require the submission of an annual impact statement for 3 years.
  • Can someone help mentor me through the process and provide some coaching assistance?
    Yes, please make sure you select 'yes' for the last question on the application form here if you would like a mentor/coach and we will assign one to you.
  • What is the process?
    Step 1 - Register your intention to participate in Launchpad 2025 by completing the simple Application Form here. Applications can be submitted anytime before March 21, 2025. Step 2 - Prepare and submit Business Executive Summary by March 28, 2025. This 2–3-page document should include the following: Problem/need being addressed Target customer audience Proposed solution/products/services Basic operational overview & flow 3 year financial summary Key performance indicators & metrics Amount requested and proposed usage Step 3 - If selected to be one of five Finalists, you will need to prepare a full presentation (template will be provided) and updated Business Executive Summary by April 17, 2025. Step 4 - Present your business to an investment committee at the Launchpad 2025 event on April 24, 2025, from 3:00-5:30PM.
  • What is a Founders Circle Donor?
    Commits to $10K donation to the ELF Fund at DU Is invited to participate in Launchpad 2024 event Willing to mentor/coach student business as needed Option to co-invest in student businesses separately More details can be found here.
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