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Guidelines


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Guidelines


your team 

Your start-up can have one or two founders as active members of the program. 

Your team may include other members, but they will not receive full-time access to the space at WeWork.

The best start-ups have members with different areas of focus and complementary skills.


Keep your idea simple

We're looking for ideas that you can explain to anyone. Your ability to articulate your vision and mission is key.


Keep your eye on the big picture

What problem does your startup solve?

How, and for whom?

What evidence or experience do you have?

How are you going to grow? How do you measure growth?

How do you measure success? Profit? Passion? Impact? All of the above?


where and when do i apply?

The application for the next cycle will be posted on the website and announced in the header.

Applications for Spring term will be solicited during late December/early January.  

You can view the most recent version of the application below.


what should i include in my video pitch for the application?

You should be the speaker in the pitch video. (It's not a commercial.)

Describe the problem your venture solves and how you're going to solve it, and why you're the person to do it.

There's loads of helpful information online about how to pitch.

We love this video for its creativity, so let it inspire you!

 

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Questions


Questions


Do I receive academic credit?

No. We're keeping the program simple so motivated student entrepreneurs can start building their startups.

Currently, there are opportunities to explore entrepreneurship within the curriculum, such as the E3 Entrepreneurship Minor and the Business of Creative Enterprise Major, launching in the fall of 2016.


Do I have to do two years?

No. In fact, startups admitted to Year 1 do not automatically qualify for Year 2, and must re-apply to continue.


Does Emerson launch or Emerson own my business or idea?

No. Only you and your team do.


Does this increase my tuition or cost me money?

No!


How do I organize the funds granted to my team?

You will receive access to your funds after drafting a plan to achieve your objectives.

Funds should be used for strategic investments in services, tools, or materials to launch your start-up. 


Can members of my team be non-Emerson students?

Emerson Launch was created for the Emerson community.  At lead one founder must be an Emerson student, and the majority of team members must be enrolled Emerson undergraduate or graduate students.  If you wish to propose a team member who is not an Emerson student, you should demonstrate proof that they have a critical skill set that can't be found within the Emerson community. 


Can members of my team graduate before our startup finishes its time in Emerson launch?

Like non-Emerson students, recent graduates cannot be Team Leaders. If a member of your team is going to graduate before the end of your startup's time in Emerson Launch, make the case for why that member is essential. 


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