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Fisher Innovation Launchpad - How UW Students Launch Companies



In response to and concern around the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Fisher Innovation Launchpad is postponed. We expect to relaunch this platform during the Fall 2020 semester. Student entrepreneurs are still encouraged to reach out to WTBC staff for business counseling and support by emailing

Click here to read about the winners of the 2019 Fisher Innovation Launchpad.



All entrants of the Fisher Innovation Launchpad are STRONGLY encouraged to reach out to the staff of the Wyoming Technology Business Center as soon as possible. This may be done by emailing, calling 307-766-6395, or by arranging a meeting in a face-to-face interaction with a WTBC staff member.

The Fisher Innovation Launchpad is a platform for University of Wyoming students to launch companies sponsored by the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) and supported through the generous financial gift of Mr. Donne Fisher. The Fisher Innovation Launchpad is designed to encourage and stimulate Wyoming students to propose entrepreneurial and technology-based businesses that they are interested in developing. Winners in the Launchpad have the opportunity to apply for seed money to take the business past concept stage and into real-world first article builds and initial sales. The Launchpad will identify Winners who will all be eligible to apply to the Fisher innovation Launchpad seed fund. While no limit is set for how much money a single winning team can receive, historically awards have been between $4,000 and $31,000.

The FIL is for new, independent businesses in the seed, start‐up, or early growth stages that are focused on technology and/or innovation. Generally excluded are the following: buy-outs, expansions of existing companies, real estate syndications, franchises, online retail, brick & mortar retail, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area, and spin-outs from existing corporations. Licensing technologies from the University of Wyoming research labs are encouraged, assuming they have not been commercialized previously. 

All teams must include a UW student, graduate student, and/or post-doc in a significant role.

2019 Fisher Innovation Launchpad General Overview

2019 Fisher Innovation Launchpad Rules & Regulations

2019 Fisher Innovation Launchpad Timeline



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