News

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

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems
September 17, 2014

LAUNCH NORDIC SELECTS INNOVATORS TO HELP REVOLUTIONIZE MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING

IKEA Group, NOVOZYMES, KVADRAT, LEADING SCIENTISTS, INVESTORS AND NORDIC GOV. REPRESENTATIVES WILL TEAM UP IN MALMØ TO SUPPORT NINE LAUNCH NORDIC INNOVATORS. As part of LAUNCH Nordic, a newly established US-Nordic collaboration, 30 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors will gather September 10-11, 2014, for the LAUNCH Nordic Forum to offer insight and guidance to help scale nine innovations in sustainable materials and manufacturing.
September 08, 2014

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

Wired.com 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 "...to 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