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Welcome to the pitch on the Plains.

Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Competition

The City of Auburn and Auburn University partnered with EDPA in 2017 to form the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad to support new ventures and startups from five counties in East Alabama – Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa.


Total Prizes


Days to
Finale Event

Why compete?

The Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad gives entrepreneurs in the five-county area a leg up in preparing to launch locally, gain experience pitching to investors, and ultimately compete in the statewide Alabama Launchpad for mentoring and funding.


You get a deadline to get the ideas out of your head and onto paper.


You get a critical review of your business including structured feedback.

Capital & Connections

You get the opportunity to receive non-dilutive capital and business connections in the state of Alabama.

The Process

The process is designed to mimic the standard process used by sophisticated capital providers to evaluate investment targets. Each entrant is evaluated based on a set of standard criteria that has been shown to produce better companies. For finalists, teams are also able to pitch their business at a highly publicized event that also gives them exposure to capital providers.

Before you begin.

Lots of us think we have great ideas. But only the best of the best can walk away with an Alabama Launchpad win and a serious financial boost to their business. So do yourself a favor – get familiar with our competition. Look over the process, size up the expectations, fine-tune your proposition (there are many helpful hints right here), then go for it. Only those who enter can win.

Auburn Regional Calendar

Ready to Win?

If you are thinking about starting an innovative, high-growth business in East Alabama, consider participating in the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad program. For detailed information on eligibility, expectations, how to apply, advice to entrants, rules and guidelines, winnings and frequently asked questions, download the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad Competition Handbook here.

Interested teams must submit an application and a $150 nonrefundable application fee.

For more information regarding the Startup Competition process, please contact: