Venture Launch Weekend

MARCH 27-28, 2020
Develop your idea and pitch your business plan. Prepare to launch.

Venture Launch Weekend is a two-day business plan development competition geared toward anyone in the business development, entrepreneurship and startup spaces.

Whether you have the next big idea, a simple yet sustainable business model or specialized skills and expertise, PREPARE TO LAUNCH.

Do you have valuable business development skills, but aren’t ready to bring your own idea to Venture Launch Weekend? We need your help.

Each entrepreneur whose idea is selected will be tasked with assembling a team to help develop it.

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  • Sales
  • Web
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Business
Does your business plan have what it takes to win?


Does your idea have what it takes to become a real and profitable business?

The first goal of all Venture Launch Weekend contestants should be to produce or aid in the development of a business model that can succeed in the real world.


Can your business or idea be developed and grown in Mississippi?

Venture Launch Weekend endeavors to enrich the local business community by encouraging local business development and growth.


Is your business idea scalable, with potential for repeat sales?

Launching a new business is all about early buy-in. Investors want to see a business model that will continue to provide returns for years to come.


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Event Information


  • LOCATION: Jackson Avenue Center, Oxford (Auditorium A)
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  • 5:30PM: Registration
  • 6:30PM: Welcome & 20-Minute Motivation Speech
  • 7:00PM: Idea Pitches (2 Minutes)
  • 8:00PM: Idea Voting
  • 8:30PM: Business Model Guidance
  • 9:00PM: Coach Assignments & Team Formation
  • 9:30PM: Team Meetings


  • LOCATION: Jackson Avenue Center, Oxford (Auditorium A)
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  • 8:00AM: Breakfast & Networking
  • 8:30AM: Welcome & 20-Minute Speech
  • 9:00AM: Team Work
  • 10:00AM: Google Talk
  • 11:00AM: Team Work
  • 12:00PM: Lunch Break
  • 1:00PM: Mentor Speed-Dating
  • 2:30PM: Team Work
  • 4:30PM: Coach Review / AV Check
  • 5:00PM: Business Pitches
  • 6:30PM: Winner Announcement


Open parking will be available at Jackson Avenue Center.

Questions? Call us at (662) 816-4311.


Stacey Lantagne
Associate Dean for Faculty Development School of Law Univ. of Mississippi
Dave Delaney
Google Digital Advertising & Tools
Lee Ingram
Founder, Collegiate Tutoring | Founder, Ingram Bookkeeping & Consulting
Josh Mabus
Branding & Business
Clay Dibrell
Co-Director Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Univ. of Mississippi


Derek Stephens
Business Counselor, SBDC
Nancy McKee
Business Counselor, SBDC
John-Michael Marlin
Director of Lending Renaissance Community Loan Fund