» Program Overview

LaunchLabs is a university-based incubator & accelerator for Chapman students and alumni. Our mission is to provide world-class entrepreneur and entrepreneur education.

We empower our Entrepreneurs by providing a number of resources and events in the Launch Labs Facility, located at 549 W. Palm Ave.  Launch Labs is designed for intense 24/7 entrepreneurship. Below are the different resources we offer once you are a part of our program.

Work Space

  • Open Space
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Office Space
  • As soon as you walk in to LaunchLabs you are in the open collaboration space. There are high tables, couches and lounge chairs that are used on a first come, first serve basis. Founders of the Entrepreneur Team are eligible for keycard access to the building so that they can use the space 24/7. 

  • At the LaunchLabs facility we have conference rooms with whiteboards and flatscreens, that are meant for holding Team meetings and meetings with your mentors. We ask that you reserve your room ahead of time and limit using the space for individual work. For more information on this, please contact us.

  • Each semester we select eight teams to use the private and shared office space. Teams are chosen based on this criteria by the Leadership Team. If you are a Team in the Launch Labs and are interested in having your own office space, please bring this to our attention and we will evaluate your Team.  Meet our in-residence teams for this semester, here.

Mentor Program

The LaunchLabs program matches Entrepreneur Teams with Mentors, which consist of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts. Mentors serve as a role model, coach, and mentor providing guidance and direction. Lead Mentors mission is to accelerate the Entrepreneur's path to success and connect them with the right people to accomplish this. 


We encourage our Teams to be proactive in reaching out to their Mentor and frequently update them about their business ventures. Meet the mentors, here.

 

Resources

+ - Legal and Financial Advice

Under the Launch Labs program, some Teams are eligible for legal and financial services. These services are provided by the Entertainment LaunchLabs and require a separate application, which can be found here


Types of services offered:

  • Forming a corporate entity

  • Review agreements

  • Draft agreements

  • Negotiating a deal

  • Financing

  • Business Structure

  • Strategy

+ - Recruitment

At least once per semester, the Launch Labs hosts an Opportunity Fair. We do this in order to expose our entrepreneur teams to the student population at Chapman, allowing them the opportunity to recruit interns, meet new team mates and find new opportunities. Which is in support of our mission to enhance multi-disciplinary innovation and breakthroughs. We highly encourage our founders to build diverse teams, with complementary skill sets.

+ - Investment Opportunities

Launch Labs hosts a series of events to get you connected to investors in the Orange County area. Usually done through competitions or networking events, we connect you with Angel groups and Venture Capital groups that have a specific interest in Chapman students. There is also designated Mentors that are investors, which would be able to introduce your Team to other investors in their network. Check out our events page to see if there are any opportunities coming up.

+ - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate

The team at Amazon Web Services has a new startup program for startups in our portfolio.  The program, AWS Activate, provides you with the following:

  • $5,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years

  • Free access to the AWS Essentials, 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally ~$30/lab)

  • One year of premium AWS Business

  • Support (up to $5,000)

  • Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours

  • Special offers from other companies that help startups


If you are interested, please contact us and we will evaluate your Team to see if you are eligible for this service.

 

+ - Microsoft Imagine

Microsoft has a grant program for "tech" start-ups called "Microsoft Imagine.” The program provides free software and services, including Windows, Office, developer tools, servers, web-hosting, cloud services, and additional support for three years.  The value of the software and services exceeds $500K if licensed separately.


To qualify, the business:

  • has to have some kind of programming/software development workload including web design and app development.  

  • cannot be a public company.  

  • has to be newer than five years, and making less than $1M in revenue annually.


If you are interested, please contact us and we will evaluate your Team to see if you are eligible for this service.

+ - 3D Printing Services

Launch Labs has two 3D printers available to our Entrepreneur Teams. In order to use the 3D printers you must request it ahead of time. We require everyone who uses the printers to have gone through training and had their project design approved by the LaunchLabs team. You are not allowed to use the 3D printers if you have not been approved and trained.