We are the catalyst for the creation of a viable, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Lake Norman area.
Our start-up program runs all year and consists of eight, 90-120 minute group sessions to ensure our entrepreneurs are ready to Launch!
We might be biased, but we have some of the area’s brightest minds ready to serve entrepreneurs. They are strategic thinkers, corporate leaders and educators. They are founders and entrepreneurs, financial gurus and engineers.
Trips to local successful startups, venture capital firms, funding events, conferences and more!
LaunchLKN is committed to supporting startups and entrepreneurs. We created an Ecosystem Experience together with the StartUp Generator Curriculum to prepare any entrepreneur to launch their genius.
developing stronger, more thoughtful + confident entrepreneurs
START UP GENERATOR
Maximize your effectiveness by understanding different styles of behavior, your personal strengths and blind spots and how they affect others.
Create a winning strategic plan that you and your team will actually use. Identify key tactics to get you started to Launch!
Learn how to decide on what business entity to choose, how to protect your intellectual property, basic employment laws, online privacy issues and much more.
Understand where your business is in its cycle and what that means to your role as the owner. Set goals from an entrepreneurial perspective and how to turn then into achievable plans.
Establish key metrics for managing your business and build a dashboard to track them. Understand the 3 formulas in business and demystify important financial terms.
Determine your customer and craft the right message targeted at the things that matter to your ideal customers. Create a marketing plan that will position your product at the top of your customer’s mind.
Build your sales process, learn how to qualify the right prospects and how to present it in ways that speak to your customer’s needs.
Understand whether raising capital makes sense, forms of capital, key terms and documents you will encounter and an overview of how a venture capitalist or an angel investor will think about your business.
Upon the completion of the startup generator curriculum, each venture will have an opportunity to attend the LaunchLKN pitch event attended by LaunchLKN Mentors, local venture capitalists, LaunchLKN Partners and media.
We might be biased, but we have some of the area’s brightest minds ready to serve entrepreneurs. They are strategic thinkers, corporate leaders and educators. They are founders and entrepreneurs. They are financial gurus and engineers. Push your passion forward through the LaunchLKN Mentor Program.
APPLY FOR MENTORSHIP WITH
We believe that knowledge becomes powerful when it is shared.
As entrepreneurs we tend to live, sleep, and breathe our companies. But that passion for our idea can quickly turn to frustration as we try to tackle all the aspects of running a business. What if there was an easy way to ask for help?
Now there is through
LaunchLKN's Mentorship Program.
Application & Interview
Once you submit your application, our team will email you within 3-5 business days on whether you have been selected for an interview.
Once approved, we will email you a link to schedule an interview. Please note that interview space is limited so we recommend booking as soon as possible.
Evaluation & Selection
Our team will complete our initial due diligence to determine your suitability for our program and present to our selection committee.
You will be notified of our decision to accept our deny your application within 24 hours of our committee vote.
Process & Timeline
Once you have been selected we will assign you a mentor group within 7 days.
Training & Onboarding:
Prior to working with your mentor group, you will receive training on LaunchLKN policies and engagement with your mentor group. This includes all parties signing a NDA.