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LAUNCH Startup Expo and Demo Day 2016

April 28, 2016

Click here to read about the Competition and Winners
Click here to read about the 2016 Teams
Click here to see Scenes from the Demo Day and Finals
Click here to view the Finals Online Guidebook
Click here to see videos of the Finals on YouTube

NEWS: 2016 Launch Winners Announced

Grand Prize: LiftEd – $30,000 + $15,000 in legal services (compliments of WilmerHale)
2nd Prize: Butterfly Medical – $15,000
2nd Prize (Social): Dost – $15,000
Audience Choice Award: Innovein – $5,000
3rd “WeWork” Prize: Players’ Lounge – 6 months of free work space at WeWork


4:30pm-5:45pm LAUNCH: Startup Expo (Bank of America Forum)

6:00pm-8:30pm Public Finals & Awards Ceremony (Andersen Auditorium)

8:45pm-11:00pm VIP After Party (Cal Memorial Stadium, Stadium Club)

LAUNCH is the University of California’s accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. In its history, LAUNCH has played a crucial role for these businesses, with two thirds of graduating LAUNCH startups from the class of 2015 receiving funding within 8 months.

LAUNCH has assembled 21 promising startups across a variety of industries including health, food, education, and big data. This year’s teams are drawn from 6 universities across California, have raised over $5M in capital, achieved dozens of top press mentions and accolades, are members of YC, SkyDeck, and Citris Foundry, include a team of Olympic athletes (and gold medalists), a team of experts in Computational Neuroscience, Micro-Electrode Arrays, and Nano Fabrication Processes, and a brother sister tag team.  You can learn more about our 21 great companies here. LAUNCH companies are transforming billion dollar industries with novel solutions.

At Demo Day, these exciting teams pitched to top Venture Capital firms and leading entrepreneurs with prize money awarded to winning teams.

The Startup Expo was an opportunity to meet and mingle with 30+ top startups from across UC Berkeley. Co-hosted by LAUNCH and BEA, companies from Big Ideas, SkyDeck, LAUNCH, and more were in attendance.

At the culminating event of LAUNCH 2016, each of the companies will present their ideas to the general public and potential investors, for a chance to win prize money. The teams will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Attractiveness of the business model
  • Quality of product(s), service(s) and/or solution(s)
  • Market opportunity and competitive positioning
  • Team qualifications and experience
  • Overall attractiveness of the venture

Information about the 2015 Finals

LAUNCH held its 2015 Finals and Expo on April 30, 2015, where it showcased the finalists of the 2015 class. Celebrating its 17th year, LAUNCH provides entrepreneurs with the best possible resources – including education, networking, mentorship, and new venture financing – to help turn market-validated ideas into fundable businesses. The fifteen semi-finalist teams experienced a rigorous four-month curriculum that culminated in this final event where the top companies showcased their progress in front of venture capitalists and competed for $50,000 in cash prizes.

Announcing the Winners for the 2015 LAUNCH Finals:

  • Grand Prize: Transcense
  • Runner-up: Xendit
  • Faculty Choice: DeviceFarm
  • Audience Choice: Optucourse

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To read about past LAUNCH finals events and winners (2012-2016), please click here.

To read about past Bplan finals events and winners (1999-2011), please click here.