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Frequently Asked Questions


Why TigerLaunch?
  • TigerLaunch builds a network of student founders, allowing for teams to learn more about different industries and establish partnerships with other entrepreneurial collegians.
  • Students have the opportunity to meet leading investors and VCs from diverse industries, and gain valuable feedback on company viability, growth potential, and business models.
  • College students are, as the saying goes, “broke af,” and we understand that! So we cover all travel, accommodations, housing, and food costs at our regional and final competitions.
Who is eligible to apply?

All full-time students currently enrolled in a two- or four- year college, graduate school or doctoral program are eligible to pitch their idea. While teams can have members who have graduated from school, there must be at least one current student founder, and only full-time enrolled students are eligible to pitch their ideas at the regional and finals competitions.

Our startup is in its early stages, should we still apply?

Yes! While there is a natural preference for more mature startups, a startup can grow tremendously between the time of application and the regional competitions, so toss your hat in the ring!

How / when do we enroll?

Applications open online on October 15, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EST and close on December 6, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

How does the online judging process work?

Each application will be reviewed by a team of leading VCs, founders, or entrepreneurs from across the country. No students are involved in the review of applications.

Regional + Final Competitions

Do we get to choose which regional we go to?

Based on geographic proximity, you will be assigned to a regional competition. If you cannot attend the regional on the given date, you must notify your regional coordinator ASAP so we can open up that spot to the next highest-ranking team in that regional pool.

How much will we get reimbursed for regionals?

Depending on your distance from the regional competition, you will be reimbursed appropriately. Up to 2 team members who are full-time enrolled students will be reimbursed.


What is the time limit for pitches?

At the regional competition, you will have 5 minutes to pitch followed by 4 minutes Q+A from the judge panel.At the final competition in Princeton, you will have 5 minutes to pitch followed by 6 minutes Q+A from the judge panel.

What is the pitch order? Can my team go first/second/third/etc?

Pitch order is typically a random selection process, however, if teams have or express major time constraints due to travel or other commitments, the organizing partners of the pitch events may decide to take those into consideration.

Do you have all the necessary equipment to display our PowerPoint presentation or are we required to bring our own equipment?

As long as you send us your pitches by the prescribed deadline specified by your regional coordinator, we should be able to load them onto the laptop that we provide ahead of time. However, we always suggest that you bring your presentation on a thumb drive just in case.

Can we use Prezi/Keynote/PDF's/etc instead of Google Slides?

As we have had issues getting non-Google Slides presentations to work in the past, we HIGHLY suggest that you use Google Slides for your presentation.

Any other questions? Reach out to team@tigerlaunch.com
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