LaunchVT Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

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Partnership with Designbook provides solution to growing business plan competitions.

LaunchVT, a Vermont startup business plan competition, experienced significant growth in its third year. The growth was fueled by new sponsors and a larger prize pool. The winner, Renoun Ski Company, took home a first prize of $30,000 in cash and $45,000 in in-kind resources. For the first time a second prize was awarded. Punch Pass was awarded $15,000 in cash and $25,000 in in-kind resources.

Cyrus Schenck, the founder, RENOUN told LaunchVT,
“It’s testament to how awesome this place is. Everyone is so willing to throw in these services...Burlington’s chock full of people who want to pitch in.”

Designbook, a peer-to-peer marketplace for emerging businesses, partnered in the competition with LaunchVT, providing the platform to host the competition.

According to Emily Piper, LaunchVT’s executive director

“Designbook was able to directly alleviate the pressures that were holding back the competition. Previous platforms provided only half of what Designbook was capable of. Designbook provided the solution for growing our non-profit.”

The Designbook platform has allowed LaunchVT to continue to engage with their applicants, offering an online community that is startup-friendly and easy for startup founders and investors to access The platform will also allow for applicants to continue to grow their businesses and raise funds.

Designbook’s cofounder and head of product Kyle Clark is jazzed with the success of this partnership
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with LaunchVT and all of the entrants and help them use crowdsourcing and crowdfunding as tools to build their businesses.”

LaunchVT continues to grow with the help of Designbook and attract the best businesses Vermont has to offer.
LaunchVT and Designbook will continue to work together to nurture the entrepreneurial community in Vermont.

Designbook was created to help startups succeed. Startups can gain validation by participating in the competitions hosted on our platform. Use the tools on Designbook to grow a startup from seed to growth and beyond.

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