Monday, March 2, 2015

Kansas State University seeks innovative startup ideas for Launch a Business program

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas State University is seeking applications from Kansas-based startups to participate in its second Launch a Business program, powered by KS State Bank.

The Launch a Business program, or LAB, provides entrepreneurs much-needed resources, including faculty-led courses, hands-on student research teams and access to the world-class Kansas State University alumni mentor network. Specifically intended for early-stage companies, the program provides the building blocks for turning a concept into a successful venture.

As many as 20 high-potential startup ventures or concepts will be selected for participation in the program, including up to 10 companies from global food systems industries.

"The LAB program allows us to share our expertise with the community," said Ali Malekzadeh, Edgerley family dean of the College of Business Administration. "Our faculty, alumni and students are incredible resources, and we are excited to ask them to volunteer to support the next great startup ventures. We are grateful to KS State Bank for making this possible."

Kansas-based startup founders with scalable, for-profit businesses or ideas are invited to apply until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

Criteria for selection include identifying a real problem and an innovative solution, demonstrating the drive to succeed and ability to incorporate feedback, and showing commitment to the idea and the Launch a Business program.

There is no charge to apply or participate. More details, including the online application form, can be found at

The program will take place from May 28 to June 19. Organizers invite all alumni and supporters of Kansas State University and the regional startup ecosystem to the closing celebration on June 25. The event will feature presentations from all Launch a Business participants.