Innovation Pathway

Innovation Pathway

Ready to launch your idea?

Join Launch Lab’s Innovation Pathway at any point during your time at URI. Whether you come in with an idea for a passion project, business venture, or side hustle, we will meet you where you are to help you think critically and creatively in order to turn your idea into a reality.

How it works

Six engaging workshops, offered throughout the semester, will provide opportunities to explore challenges, discuss solutions, and share ideas.

We will help you take your idea to the next level by developing strategies and promising practices that will elevate your projects. Students from any discipline, undergraduate or graduate, can join the program. As a Pathway participant you’ll be guided through three self-paced, interactive stages and can join the stage that best supports where you currently are in your journey.

Pathway resources include:

  • Interactive workshops
  • One-on-one student mentoring sessions
  • Industry expert coaching
  • Progress funding
  • Curated learning content
  • Unlimited access to the Launch Lab space
  • Access to our extensive network in and outside URI
    and more!

Three stages to launch your idea

Explore: Idea Generation

The Workshops:

  1. Understanding the Problem
  2. Design Thinking
  3. Mentor Checkpoint (Office Hours)

Develop: Customer Discovery

The Workshops:

  1. Validation/Interviews
  2. Business Model Canvas

Present: Launch Your Idea

The Workshops:

  1. Pitch Coaching
  2. Open Mic Night
  3. Showcase


Do I need to have a project idea to join the program?

Not at all. We encourage all students to join the pathway program. If you don’t have an idea, our curated workshops will help you define an idea.

Does my idea need to be a for-profit venture?

Your idea can range from a business venture to a passion project. It does not need to be a formalized business. Any and all ideas are welcome!

Do I need to be a business or entrepreneurship major to participate?

Students from any college, discipline, major/minor, class year are welcome to join the Pathway program.

What if I don’t have a team and am only working on my idea alone?

We provide support to guide you through the project development process, so whether or not you are working solo or on a team, we got you covered!

I am working on a project for class, can I participate?

Yes! We invite students to bring any project through the Pathway program.

Can I get course credit for this?

At this time, we are not offering course credit for our program.

How can I get funding for my idea?

As you move along our workshops, we offer opportunities to network with industry partners and potential funders.

What does it take to be eligible for the end of semester showcase?

To be eligible, you will need to provide a proof of concept, rough business model, and will need to have attended at least half of our workshops.

What if I am already in the process of launching my idea?

Our resources are available to you, no matter what stage you are in launching your idea. You can still find value in our workshops to help best prepare your project.

How long will the Pathway program take?

This is meant to be a self-paced program! Each workshop is offered twice during the semester. You are welcome to attend all workshops in sequential order and finish the program mid-way through the semester, or you can space them out and take the whole semester to complete it.