LAUNCH Startup Expo and Demo Day 2017

WINNERS of the 2017 LAUNCH Competition

Rob Moore and Sarah Yates (both MBA 18) were co-chairs.
Click here to read about the Competition and Winners
Click here to read about the 2017 Teams
Click here to see videos of the Finals on YouTube

Grand Prize: Oishii Farm

Oishii Farm revolutionizes controlled environment agriculture by leveraging innovative technologies from Japan.

Runner Up: Mekonos

Mekonos is developing a new approach for non-viral cell engineering using a proprietary silicon nano-robotic chip (KAREL) that delivers biomaterial or molecules into potentially, millions of individual cells.

Audience Choice: Pop Oats

Pop Oats are the crunchiest oats on Earth – organic, whole oat groats that are minimally processed to provide a tasty, crunchy texture that’s unlike any other oat on the market.

Plug & Play in-kind winners: Kokko

Kokko helps companies build digital experiences that give consumers the confidence to purchase when color is critical.

More Information about Demo Day 2017


3:30 – 5:30pm LAUNCH: Startup Expo (Bank of America Forum)

5:45 – 8:30pm Demo Day Finals Finals & Awards Ceremony (Andersen Auditorium)

8:30 – 11:00pm VIP After Party (Cal Memorial Stadium, Stadium Club)


LAUNCH is the University of California’s startup accelerator, focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. In its history, LAUNCH has played a crucial role for these businesses, with $30m in funding raised by companies in the 2015 and 2016.

This year LAUNCH has assembled 21 promising startups across a variety of industries, including healthcare, fintech, waste management, and education (learn more here). LAUNCH companies are transforming billion dollar industries with novel solutions.

LAUNCH’s annual Demo Day is the culmination of 3 months hard work by the startups as they have developed their businesses though an intensive curriculum program. The Startup Expo allows guests to mingle with founders and learn more ahead of the Finals and Awards Ceremony. LAUNCH startups will be pitching to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts, as well as guests from across Berkeley and beyond. 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

The evening is completed with an exclusive VIP After Party in the luxury of the Cal Memorial Stadium as short walk from Haas School of Business.


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

2016 Launch Winners

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

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.