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RED Launch Summer Accelerator

What exactly is RED Launch?

RED Launch is a summer accelerator program for students who want to launch or scale their small businesses. We'll cover topics related to small businesses including how to make a website, brand strategies, photography, opening a small business bank account, how to deliver great customer service and more. The summer ends with a demo where you can show off your small business to the community and plan for the future.

RED Launch Summer Accelerator

What to expect:

  • A collaborative group of students from both UH and Rice.
  • Meeting weekly to discuss curriculum relevant to small businesses and hands-on mentorship from the extensive RED Labs network.
  • A demo day with the opportunity to make sales.

What do you need to apply:

  • A small business side hustle, or an idea for a small business.
  • The skills to build. For example, if your idea is 3D printing keychains, you should know how to use 3D printing software.
  • Flexibility and coachability. You'll receive feedback throughout the summer from customers and mentors. We look for applicants who are willing to take and implement feedback.
  • Commitment. Ultimately we want applicants who are excited about pursuing their small business and willing to put in the time and effort over the summer to launch the idea.

How to apply:

Apply to RED Launch Class 2 here.

Admissions Process:

  • Applications Open: Monday, January 9
  • Applications Close: Thursday, April 6
  • Applicants Interviews: Monday April 3 - Thursday, April 13
  • Acceptance Letters: Friday, April 14
  • Program Begins: Wednesday, May 17

The program begins in May and culminates with a demo day in early August.

Watch the previous class pitches here:

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