Big Launch Challenge Logo


Big Launch Challenge ‘Lite’ Pitch Competition – November 18, 2020

There are many goals for organizing the annual Big Launch Challenge business plan competition, but one of the most important goals is to connect entrepreneurs with investors. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused much disruption across the world and has eliminated many entrepreneurship events. The Launch Place (TLP) shares many characteristics of entrepreneurs such as innovation, flexibility and adaptiveness and therefore has decided to host the Big Launch Challenge ‘Lite’ edition.

The Launch Place strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and garner the support system needed to take their products and/or solutions into the marketplace. Although there will not be a pitch competition with prize money awarded in 2020, The Launch Place is focused on fostering the support system entrepreneurs need by providing the opportunity for company introductions to investors.

This year’s BLC “Lite’ edition will include an opportunity for 10 companies to share their pitches with a panel of 5 investors representing multiple investor groups located across the country. After each pitch, investors will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on each company’s pitch. Entrepreneurs will be able to ask investors questions about their pitches as well. TLP’s goal is for each company to walk away with valuable insights on their pitch that can help them secure investment funding in the future.

2020 Big Launch Challenge ‘Lite’ Judges
  1. Tim Cartwright, Co-Founder and Partner of Fifth Avenue Family Office; Founder and Chair of the Tamiami Family of Angel Funds
  2. Mike Echkert, Founder and Chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network
  3. Manessha Ghiya, Founder and Managing Partner, FemHealth Ventures
  4. Robbie Hardy, Founder and Chair of xElle Ventures
  5. Karen LeVert, CEO, Ag TechInventures

Learn more about the 2020 judges here.

Companies interested in participating must complete an application. The top 10 companies will be invited to pitch virtually to the panel of judges on Tuesday, November 18, 2020.

Extended Deadline to apply is October 25, 2020.


Apply to Big Launch Challenge


The challenge is an annual event and offers startups valuable business networking and capital opportunities, as well as critical resources. The goal of The Big Launch Challenge is to foster entrepreneurship by offering education, team creation, mentorship, early-stage prototyping, and potential follow-on seed financing.

For additional information, contact Varun Sadana at