Business Accelerator Program

Our 16-week program occurs twice a year — January to May and August to December.  

This program is designed to increase the growth of high-impact start-up and early stage ventures. We are looking for entrepreneurs who are committed to building early stage businesses into self-sustaining enterprises. Apply Now!



Each company is matched with one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs).  These entrepreneurial experts have been involved as founders and leaders of multiple start-ups over the course of their careers.  They utilize that experience to help provide general guidance and connect teams with resources.

Office Space and Amenities

  • Convenient location in Downtown Chapel Hill

  • Flexible working space

  • Free WiFi

  • 2 conference rooms

  • All-you-can-drink coffee



Learning Opportunities

We host scheduled lunch-n-learns and street-smart business workshops with experts in various fields such as marketing, legal, and accounting. Companies will also have access to utilize these resources at a preferential or pro bono rate.


Tech Resources

Launch has two partnerships: 

  • Google:  Launch companies are invited to join Google’s Cloud Startup Program.  This includes $20,000 in Cloud and Firebase credit, access to Google engineers for office hours, and invitations to exclusive local events.

  • Amazon: Launch companies have access to AWS Activate - a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS. This includes $7,500 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years, 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000), and 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value).


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Companies will have ample opportunity to expand their network by creating relationships with other companies, visiting executives, and Launch affiliates that last well beyond the program.