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.

Who Can Compete?

  • Teams must have at least one student in a major role (founder, equity holder, C-level or senior management). The student must be currently enrolled at an accredited university in Florida.
  • Projects represent target industry areas of aviation, aerospace and engineering

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Reamonn Soto

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Mike Geldart

Launch Your Venture #StudentToCEO Scott Weintraub

Embry-Riddle Expands Reach of “Launch Your Venture” Competition

Key Dates

  • Jan. 2 – Application Portal opens
  • Feb. 22 – Executive Summary Due
  • March 8 – Semi-Finalists Announced, Semi-Finalist Application Portal opens
  • March 22 – Semi-Finalist Online Applications, Video Submissions Due
  • April 5 – Finalists Announced
  • April 19 – In-Person Competition, Winners Announced


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

Contact Us

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

Presented by:

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Sponsored by: 

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Organized by: 

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Center For Entrepreneurship