What is tigerlaunch?
TigerLaunch is the nation's largest student-run inter-collegiate entrepreneurship competition, put on annually by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club at Princeton University and with the support of many other student partner entrepreneurship associations across the country. Run by students for other students, TigerLaunch is more than just a "business plan competition," bringing together the nation's best and most promising student-founded companies to pitch, network, and grow their startups far past the idea phase in a one of a kind experience unrivaled by any other student entrepreneurship competition in the country.
Round 1: Video Pitches (YCombinator style) due DECEMBER 15TH
Round 2: Regional Competitions in NYC, Chicago, and (tentatively) LA, selected by early January, occurring towards mid February
Round 3: Final Competition at Princeton University in March
What are the team requirements?
Teams must consist of 1-4 undergraduate or graduate students. All members of your team must be enrolled in college or on a gap year. (This means that if you have an older member on your team, such as a professor or an alumni, that you may not enter the competition.)
Should my team work on a new idea, or can we compete with something we’ve been working on already?
Either is fine! Historically, teams working on new ideas have advanced to the regional round but will need to show strong progress development to advance to the final round.
What’s the submission deadline?
The video pitch round is due on December 1st. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better your chances!
Do I have to have a tangible product yet?
Not to apply and advance to regionals, but finals teams will need to have shown lots of progress to advance to finals. Regardless, whether you just have an idea or already have a working product, we’ll connect you with VC and entrepreneur mentors to launch you to the next level.
What types of ideas or companies are you looking for?
Anything and everything! We’re looking for ideas from a wide range of sectors. Past submissions have been from the social entrepreneurship, biotech, internet tech, agriculture, and music market sectors. Take a look at our History page to see the participants from previous years.
How should I format the video pitch?
Please follow the Y Combinator guidelines on pitches:
Y Combinator Video Instructions
Who will be judging my application?
Entrepreneurs and VCs will be deciding who moves on to regionals. Last year, EFN (Enterprise Futures Network) as well as Princeton Tech Meetup helped judge the majority of our first round applications.
When will I hear back regarding regionals selection?
We’ll announce our regional qualifiers in January.
If i've applied or competed in previous years, can I still apply this year?
Except for past winners, all teams are welcome to apply again.