Wolf Pack LaunchU

APPLY NOW (see application instructions below)

IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND DETAILS

  • April 15: Application Deadline
  • April 22: Invitations Extended to the participants
  • May 16-27, 2022: The Bootcamp
  • May 27 - September 1, 2022: The Incubator
  • September 2, 2022: First Round Competition
  • September 24, 2022: Final Pitch Competition

Do you have an idea for a business, an existing early stage company or side hustle that you want to transform into a successful venture? Loyola is inviting you to apply to the FREE Wolf Pack LaunchU startup bootcamp.  This inaugural program will give you the skills, connections and the opportunity to pitch for non-dilutive early-state funding.

The Bootcamp is an intensive 10 days in May 2022 open to EVERYONE in the Loyola family (students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents).  During the bootcamp you will drill into all aspects of your business. You then learn from experts in business development, IP protections, financial projections, brand development, marketing for startups, and funding.  You will be connected to leading professionals within the alumni and New Orleans business community who will serve as mentors and part of your growing business network. You will continue to develop your business and work with your mentors through the summer.   In the Fall, each participating venture is eligible to compete for a portion of the $30,000 non-dilutive prize funding and ongoing mentor support.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

APPLY

TEAM: It is recommended that founders apply with one or two teammates.  It is not required, but experience shows you will get more out of this by working with a team. 

Have ready your team member's names, emails and University affiliation (i.e. student, alumni, parent, staff, faculty - non-University friend)

VENTURE: Be prepared to describe your service/product/technology in detail, who you think your customers are/could be; how you plan to make money; what stage your idea/business is.

SCHEDULE

December 6, 2021 - April 15, 2022: Application Period

Wolf Pack LaunchU is FREE and non-credit bearing.  But you must be selected to participate.  

April 22: Invitations Extended to the Bootcamp

While the program is FREE, the participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations and food expenses.  

May 16-27, 2022: The Bootcamp

This is a 10-day intensive training program May 16-27 which equips up to 20 teams of entrepreneurs with strategies for customer and market validation. Wolf Pack LaunchU is open to any member of the Loyola community (undergrad, graduate, alumni, faculty, staff, parents) bringing together a diverse group of entrepreneurs with ventures ranging from a seminal idea up through early-state proof of concept.  The hands-on bootcamp includes sessions on intellectual property, business formation, digital marketing, market research analytics, branding, social enterprises, nonprofit formation, prototyping, market and competitor research, fundraising and much more. 

May 27 - September 1, 2022: The Incubator

Each team, working in their own location throughout the summer, will have a mentor that they work with while they continue to develop their business.  Zoom training and update meetings will be held monthly to support the teams’ ongoing progress.  

September 2, 2022: First Round Competition

On September 2, each team will make a 10-minute pitch through zoom.  Our judges will assess who will go into the final pitch competition which will be held in person at Loyola New Orleans. 

September 24, 2022: Final Pitch Competition

Eight to ten semi-finalist teams will pitch their ideas to a live audience at Loyola and through online streaming.  A panel of judges composed of professionals, alumni, investors and faculty will determine the amount awarded to the final winning teams.  All semi-finalists will be invited to participate ongoing in the Loyola Incubator which will include on-site work space, and mentorship.