LaunchVT Business Pitch Competition Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching

February 24, 2016

LaunchVT is a community initiative powered by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity for exposure and real-life experience to start their businesses. 


The startup incubator Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies announced its statewide business pitch competition now includes a separate pitch competition for college entrepreneurs, LaunchVT Collegiate.  The LaunchVT Collegiate pitch competition took place on Feb. 19th at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium.  The winning collegiate team will receive $7,500 and a special spot in the main LaunchVT competition.

Now entering its fourth year, the LaunchVT competition awards cash prizes to help entrepreneurial winners launch their businesses.   Organizers stated that two 2016 winners will share more than $80,000 in prize money and many mentorship opportunities.  In addition to offering cash prizes, Nick Grimley, co-founder of LaunchVT, said that the pitch competition has helped connect numerous entrepreneurs with support and mentorship opportunities.

If you are an entrepreneur who needs help launching your business, you have until March 13, 2016 to apply by submitting a pitch deck.  LaunchVT is looking for entrepreneurs that can demonstrate:

Likelihood of building a successful business

Scalability: Potential to grow a sizable & meaningful company over time

Potential to generate significant employment in Vermont

If you are not an entrepreneur, but need help growing your business, team or your own professional skills, the team at Dale Carnegie Training of Vermont can help.  We are dedicated to helping people reach their professional and personal potential.  Our tried and true techniques are based on the Human Relations principles penned by Dale Carnegie himself in his best-selling book which was published in 1936, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’ 

Here are a few upcoming courses worth considering depending on which skills you, or the employees you currently manage, need to develop:

Do you long to feel more confident when speaking in public so you can easily win people to your way of thinking?  Could morale be improved by strengthening interpersonal relationships, communication skills and stress management given fast-changing workplace conditions?  If so, check out the world-class Dale Carnegie Course which kicks off in Lebanon and Keene, NH—both classes on Wednesday, March 16th and in Williston, VT on Thursday, April 7th.

If you or your sales team needs a proven technique to score more deals, consider enrolling in the Dale Carnegie Moving Your Sales to the Next Level three-day seminar which will be held on three successive Fridays from 8:30 am until 5 pm and begins Oct. 14th. 

Does your or your employees’ presentations lack persuasion and punch?  The two-day High Impact Presentations seminar is as close as you can get to teaming up with a personal, public speaking coach.  Participants present at least seven times and are able to evaluate and improve their performance by learning from their videotaped presentations.  This seminar is two successive days long and kicks off on Thursday, June 9th.    

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