Launch LaGrange is a yearly competition that provides students the opportunity to start their own business and simultaneously compete for prize money that can be used to grow their business or use towards college tuition. It offers LaGrange County students a practical way to develop real-world business and leadership skills.
Students will present their business plans to a panel of judges and the general public at each school system. The top three business ideas will advance to the Launch LaGrange county-wide competition.
The students will present their business plan to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The winner receives $5000 to invest in their business or use for college tuition, second prize $2500 and third prize will be awarded $1000. The top 3 businesses also have scholarships available from Trine University, St. Francis University, Goshen College, Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech, and Purdue Fort Wayne.
While there are many benefits of Launch LaGrange County, one of the hopes of the LCEDC and our other supporters, is that by helping our youth be successful in finding viable business opportunities, it will ultimately help us retain talented youth in LaGrange County. The LCEDC is calling on LaGrange County residents, companies and business and civic leaders to consider sponsoring the program, a scholarship or a mentorship. For more information or to get involved, please contact the LaGrange County EDC.
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On this page you can visit external sources on entrepreneurial assistance:
Fuse NEI: entrepreneurial resource hub for Northeast Indiana
Case Studies of select businesses that have chosen to make LaGrange County their home!