This page includes a collection of press releases and news articles about LAUNCH. 

The U.S. Department of State Releases Their "State of Global Partnerships Report" LAUNCH is Featured on Pages 22-23

The U.S. Department of State has released their "State of Global Partnerships Report". LAUNCH is featured on Pages 22-23. Check it out! (36.8mb PDF)
March 28, 2014

LAUNCH Systems Alumni Ecovative Works With Danielle Trofe Design to Create Mushroom Table Lamp features LAUNCH Alumni Ecovative in this article titled "This Lamp Is Grown From Mushrooms". Ecovative worked with Brooklyn-based studio Danielle Trofe Design to create the Mush Lume lamp.
March 19, 2014

Nike named as one of the world's most innovative companies, for setting a sustainability example.

Nike was named by Fast Company as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies. 
February 14, 2014

10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

Andrew Winston at the Harvard Business Review has written a great top ten list meant " summarize some of the latest stories about the big environmental and social pressures on business, and how some innovative companies are dealing with them." Through the diverse efforts of our partnership we've managed to make the #9 spot on Andrew's list. Check out the article to read "what a weird, wonderful mix of business, government, and scientific organizations" is accomplishing.
December 18, 2013

LAUNCH surfaces 10 innovations that could change the world

  The Guardian describes why "wasted milk may one day be converted to a silk-like fiber replacement for cotton, thanks to an innovative technology called Qmilk."
November 27, 2013

Philippines wants Chapel Hill startup's help with typhoon relief efforts

"Aquagenx, a UNC-spinoff that provides microbial water testing products, is deploying its "compartment bag test" at the request of the Philippines’ government."   Congratulations to Mark Sobsey and team for their continued efforts to help the world identify safe water sources.
November 21, 2013

LAUNCH: Systems Innovator Ecovative Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We are proud to share that Ecovative, a LAUNCH: Systems innovator, has won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge this year. "Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems."  
October 23, 2013

4 Lessons From Space Missions for Launching Your Startup

"The careful orchestration required for a space mission, from pre-launch through final landing, is similar to a startup’s process of mapping and executing complex decision trees."   LAUNCH Council Member Kathryn Lewis describes what she learned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the LAUNCH: Systems Forum.
October 17, 2013

10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries

Mashable discusses this year's LAUNCH Systems Challenge innovations and asks, "Do you think these innovations might actually change the world?"
October 06, 2013

Watch the live video and join the conversation!

Join us from 9am-12:30pm PDT on September 27 and 28 for the LAUNCH: Systems Challenge 2013 Forum. We'll be livestreaming the event on and using the hashtag #LAUNCH2020 to talk about the ten remarkable innovations that will be presented. Join us and share the link.
September 27, 2013