Launch Your Venture

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We’re looking for university student-led startups with revolutionary ideas that will change the future of the aviation, aerospace and engineering industries. Successful projects will feature scalable transformative technologies led by strong management teams capable of launching disruptive innovation.

Six finalists will present their pitches in person at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) in the Embry-Riddle Research Park in Daytona Beach. Judges and representatives of successful entrepreneurs and investors will be invited to attend. Each competitor will receive 10 minutes for their pitch and 10 minutes for a Q & A with the judges. A proof-of-concept or working prototype is strongly encouraged.


  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $3,000
  • Plus In-Kind Prizes

Key Dates

  • Round 1 application portal opens: January 6, 2020
  • Round 1 applications due: February 24, 2020
  • Semifinalists announced: March 2, 2020
  • Semifinal applications due: March 16, 2020
  • Finalists announced: March 27, 2020
  • Final round (in-person): Postponed

2020 Launch Your Venture Finalists

Viktor V Knurov, Florida Atlantic University

Spencer Churchill and Jessica Steinmann, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

EaseAlert, LLC
Blake Richardson, Flagler College
Lid Vizion, LLC
Shawn Dean Wilborne and Lamar GIggetts, University of Miami

NovApproach Spine, LLC
Domenic Aluise, University of Florida

Elezar Tonev, University of Florida

the 2019 winners and judges of the Launch Your Venture competition
The 2019 Launch Your Venture winners with competition judges. (Embry-Riddle/Jasmine Johnson)

2019 Launch Your Venture Winners 

First Place: Dyad Syringe, Stetson University 

Second Place: ExtremeComms Lab Inc., Florida Atlantic University 

Third Place: Fluix Engineering, University of Central Florida 

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Bryson Pritchard

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Reamonn Soto

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Abhi Sastri

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Mike Geldart

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Scott Weintraub

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO George Sklivanitis

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The John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex at Embry-Riddle Research Park

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Center For Entrepreneurship