LaunchU is a six-week course for aspiring and early-stage business owners. Over six weeks you will learn and execute the following concepts:
This training series helps you complete a written feasibility plan to help you determine if your business idea is a “GO” or a “NO GO.” Your feasibility can then be adapted into your business plan.
Your $250-course fee includes 36-hours of training with a certified facilitator; LaunchU Workbook; 3-month subscription to LivePlan business planning software (a $60 value); handouts; expert guest speakers in market research, marketing, accounting, legal, and more; step-by-step help with your feasibility plan and one-on-one business counseling throughout the course and beyond.
Flexible payment plans are available for those in hardship.
LaunchU is offered quarterly. Sessions beginning in January in Columbia are offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While the Missouri Women’s Business Center is focused on women, our LaunchU course is open to men too.
If you are in your first year of business, you would definitely benefit from taking LaunchU. If you have been in business for longer than a year, you might still benefit if you are considering adjusting your business model for greater success.
We offer flexible payment plans for those unable to pay the full $250 tuition upfront. However, we ask that you have at least half of the tuition paid by the first day of class. You can start making payments toward an upcoming session of LaunchU at any time. Payments can be as low as $50.
Then LaunchU is definitely for you! At its core, LaunchU assesses the feasibility of your business idea. If it turns out that your business idea is not feasible, LaunchU benefits you by 1) helping you figure this out BEFORE you make a more significant investment; and 2) helping you figure out ways to adjust your business model or create a new business concept that is feasible. Also, the skills you learn in LaunchU can be applied to ANY business idea you have in the future.