Launch Lab X

From Seed to Real

Welcome to Launch Lab X — the groundbreaking offering from Harvard Innovation Labs, exclusively for Harvard alumni-led ventures*.

Launch Lab X is a 9-month program that begins in September and culminates in May. It’s comprised of three 90-day sprints – each sprint culminating in a pitch and feedback session with investors, potential customers, and industry insiders. You’ll figure out what you don’t know and have time and support to improve.

* Individualized milestone model: We give you a scorecard to help track your progress combined with a custom roadmap designed explicitly for your startup.

* Weekly cohort sessions and dinner: You will step out with peers regularly each week, so you can carve out time for socializing without distracting yourself from the work of building your business. Even world-changing entrepreneurs and innovators have to eat, right?

* Deep mentorship: A mentorship program unlike any you’ve experienced. Both peer-based mentoring as well as industry-specific coaches for members of the founding team.

* Dedicated office space: You’ll have dedicated space for your team and your cohort at the Harvard i-lab, including our suite of creative studios (maker space, multimedia, and AR/VR), and full resource support. And plenty of espresso.

* $100,000 awarded to two Launch Lab X teams ($75,000 first place award, $25,000 runner-up award) as part of the Presidents Innovation Challenge.

The inaugural cohort of Launch Lab X started in September, 2018.

For any additional questions about any aspect of Launch Lab X, email launchlab@harvard.edu

*To be eligible for the program, one or more of the venture team founders must be an alumnus of one of the 13 Harvard Schools and bear a degree from an undergraduate or graduate program from one of those Schools.



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Current Teams




Application & Program Timeline

Application Open – April 25

Launch Lab X Startup Showcase – May 23

Application Deadline – June 30

Interview Period – June and July

Cohort Announced – July 31

Kickoff Bootcamp – Early October

President’s Innovation Challenge Awards – May 2020



E-mail: launchlab@harvard.edu