Applications for the
2020 Fall Virtual cohort
are now open!
Deadline: Aug 31, 2020 11:59 PM PDT

Judging Criteria​

  • Full commitment to the program

​​To us, full commitment 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.

  • Potential for growth over the program

This 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.

  • Success after the program 

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.


  • Fall 2020 Cohort

For the first time, we are launching an all virtual fall cohort. Applications are now open!

  • Who can apply to LAUNCH?

To apply to LAUNCH, companies must have a prototype that demonstrates their business’ viability and at least one UC student, faculty, or alum on their team.

  • My team is not based in Berkeley, can we still apply?

Yes, you can. As long as you have a UC student, faculty or alum on the team, you are eligible to apply to LAUNCH. We normally hold sessions between January to April every few weekends at Berkeley. No sessions are held during weekdays. For Fall 2020, all events will be virtual.

  • What is the duration of the program? 

We run two programs per year. The fall cohort is smaller with 15 startups, and the spring cohort is slightly bigger with around 25 startups.

Fall: Virtual sessions will be held on Wednesdays between Oct-Dec. Demo day in January.

Spring: Virtual sessions will be held on Wednesdays between Feb-April. Demo day in April.


3 startups stand a chance to receive prize money (up to $25,000) at demo day.

  • How do I join the LAUNCH organizing team? 

Please reach out to us at launch [at] berkeley [dot] edu and we’ll get back to you soon​!


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