The Launch Pad at the University of Miami

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Do I Get Started?
    • We’re glad you’re interested in working with us! To get started, please visit our website and click the “Sign Up” button. After making your account, tell us about your idea, and then request your first meeting. We’ll pair you with a Venture Consultant that can help you with your venture. See you soon!
  • Who will I meet?
    • You’ll be meeting with one of our Venture Consultants who will be  able to guide you through your questions/concerns. To find out more about our consultants visit our about the team page.
  • What kinds of resources do you provide?
    • We provide assistance with almost all things idea related. Whether you need help with a business model canvas, pitching your business, or setting up financials The Launch Pad is here to help! Be sure to check out our blog for quick tips on entrepreneurial topics like choosing a developer or staying competitive. Unfortunately, we cannot offer legal advice, but there are many great resources on campus for that.
  • Can you give legal help?
    • The Launch Pad is unable to give legal advice. However, we will gladly refer you to other legal services that can be of assistance and any other useful resources.
  • Will you fund my startup?
    • The Launch Pad does not provide any funding. The University of Miami Canes Angel Network is currently in the process of navigating opportunities for clients. More info will be shared soon.
  • Is The Launch Pad associated with the Business School?
      • The Launch Pad is not a part of the Business School, we work with every department and college in the University. The Launch Pad is a part of UInnovation.
  • Where can I find funding/investments?
    • Raising capital can come in different forms whether it’s from an angel investor, venture capitalist, crowd-funding, or simply friends and family. We can discuss options in our meetings or visit our resources page to learn about investment opportunities. 
  • Do I need a business plan?
    • Not to meet with us! All we ask is you have an idea. 
  • How much progress do I need to have so I can meet with a consultant again?
    • Any progress is progress! Feel free to request a meeting to discuss your developments good or bad!
  • What’s The Launch Pad vs. Skylab?
    • The Launch Pad is the main office in the Whitten University Center across the bookstore. This is where we host most of our Venture Meetings along with the staff offices. 
    • Skylab is our co-working space located in the Wesley Foundation building across from Mahoney/Pearson Residential Colleges. This is where you and your team can work on your ventures, enjoy lunch at Startup Roundtables, participate in workshops, or attend our other events throughout the year. 
  • Where is Skylab?
    • Skylab’s official address is 1210 Stanford Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146. Formally called the CAS Gallery, its located in the Wesley Foundation building across from Mahoney/Pearson Residential Colleges. 
  • Does The Launch Pad have Office Hours?
    • We do not offer drop-in office hours, all of your meetings must be scheduled through our website. Our office is open 10-4pm M-F year round. 
  • Do I need special access to use SkyLab?
    • Skylab is open to our clients using their unique codes. If you’d like one, please request your code after being approved on our website.
  • How much is it to work with TLP/Skylab?
    • Our services are FREE to the University of Miami students, alum, faculty, and staff!
  • Who funds The Launch Pad?/ How is it free?
    • The Launch Pad is part of the University of Miami’s U Innovation department. To learn more about how you can help support The Launch Pad financially, please contact us here.
  • What kinds of events do you have?
    • Our events range from skill-building workshops, to lecture series, to competitions, and more. Check out our events calendar or signup for our newsletter to stay up to date with all the things going on in our office.