Launch Your Venture

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Launch Your Venture

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has opened the participant pool for its annual student business-pitch competition, Launch Your Venture, to hundreds more future business leaders across Florida. Boeing HorizonX, the first official presenting sponsor, alongside platinum sponsor International Speedway Corporation (ISC), will support the newly expanded competition.

Learn more about the 2020 Launch Your Venture!

2021 Launch Your Venture Key Dates

  • First round applications due: March 8
  • Advancing teams notification: March 12
  • Second-round applications due: March 26
  • Finalist teams notification: April 9
  • Final round presentations: April 21

2020 Launch Your Venture Finalists

Viktor V Knurov,
Florida Atlantic University

Spencer Churchill
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

EaseAlert, LLC
Blake Richardson,
Flagler College
Lid Vizion, LLC
Shawn Dean Wilborne and Lamar GIggetts, University of Miami

NovApproach Spine, LLC
Domenic Aluise,
University of Florida

Elezar Tonev,
University of Florida


2020 Launch Your Venture Winners

  • $10,000 First Place: NovApproach Spine, University of Florida
  • $5,000 Second Place: Pistachio, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • $3,000 Third Place: AERLOGS, Florida Atlantic University

Launch Your Venture Winner Spotlight

O'Maley College of Business and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumni Spencer Churchill took second place at Launch Your Venture 2020, winning $5K in cash and valuable pro-bono legal, marketing, and financial services.

Spencer Churchill

Churchill’s venture, Pistachio, seeks to disrupt the real estate market by introducing proprietary blockchain technology to streamline backroom operations and challenge the legacy business model. Pistachio is a platform where technology and agents come together for home buyers and sellers.

Churchill is also a past winner of the innovation TREP Expo competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Launch Your Venture is hosted by the Embry-Riddle Research Park and the Center for Entrepreneurship and is sponsored by Boeing Horizon X. Open to all universities in the state of Florida, Launch Your Venture is the premier competition for student-led technology companies.

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