Cohorts for our 2018 class are closed.

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Judging Criteria

As we consider your application, we’ll look for three commitments from you: you will fully participate in the program, you will be obsessed with growing your product, your customer base, and your team over the course of the program, and you will leverage your transformational growth to succeed after the program.

To us, full participation means that you will show up to each and every session with your coaches and mentors, you will engage with the other startups in the program to learn from their experiences and share your own, and you will not only openly receive but also proactively gather feedback from all sources: mentors, other startups, industry experts, investors, and customers.

To us, growth over the program means you translate your participation into action: you acquire more customers, launch products, develop funding leads or actually raise money, and regularly consider whether you should pivot or persevere – and take action based on your conclusions.

To us, success after the program means you continue to grow and achieve your goals (whether revenue targets, accelerator admission, funding, or otherwise). When we check in with you down the line (and we will!), we’d love to see you living the lessons you learned during LAUNCH and getting your product and team out in front of funders and customers – and winning.