LaunchU Entrepreneurship Training Course Starts July 26


LaunchU classThe Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Southeast Missouri State University have partnered with the Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau to provide scholarships for participants and cash stipends for pitch competition winners for the upcoming LaunchU class.

LaunchU is a six-week hands-on course that coaches aspiring entrepreneurs and startups through the business planning process to determine business feasibility, including the actual development of a professional, Small Business Administration-approved business plan, pitch and financial forecast.

LaunchU will meet in a computer lab (TBD) at Southeast Missouri State University every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. starting July 26 through Sept. 1. The course consists of instruction from a certified facilitator, small group activities, one-on-one business coaching including access to market research data from the SBTDC, local experts as guest speakers, the LaunchU Startup Handbook, and a three-month license for LivePlan. Known as the world’s leading business planning platform, LivePlan allows entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch, plan and track their business from anywhere in the world.

The Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau’s sponsorship provides 20 scholarships to reduce the cost of the course for interested entrepreneurs to $99 — a $175 value. At the end of the course, class participants compete with their pitch and plan to win one startup assistance package valued at more than $5,400. The package includes a cash stipend of $500 from the Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau, as well as a marketing package by BOLD Marketing and legal services from the attorneys of Osburn, Hine, Yates & Murphy, LLC. There will also be a second prize of another $500 cash stipend from the Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau for the runner-up in the pitch competition.

Scholarships and class seats are limited, so advance registration is required. To enroll, visit and fill out the Scholarship Application and pay online. For more information, contact Gabrielle Penca at (573) 651-5095 or

About the Missouri Innovation Corporation

The Missouri Innovation Corporation is one of 10 state-supported innovation centers across Missouri, and is located within Southeast’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The MIC is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering business and community development to create new, high-value jobs and positive economic benefits for the University and the region. For more information about the MIC and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit