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Live at 525: LaunchVT and Entrepreneurship in Vermont

The LaunchVT entrepreneurship ecosystem

Lauren Bass (Director of LaunchVT) joined Austin Davis (Government Affairs Manager) to discuss all things LaunchVT and Vermont entrepreneurship on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV. 

Lauren Bass and Austin Davis sit down at a table with a screen showing a few slides about LaunchVT

Some highlights:

  • Seven businesses just completed LaunchVT’s annual ten-week intensive accelerator program where entrepreneurs in the cohort work with dedicated business coaches and strategic advisors to address their startup’s most pressing needs. Learn more about this year’s LaunchVT accelerator
  • Alumni of LaunchVT continue to find success after the accelerator. Learn more about LaunchVT alumni
  • Vermont is currently ranked 40th out of the states and US territories in venture capital deal flow; but that landscape is changing.
  • LaunchVT is a highly competitive program. Only about 10% of its applicants are accepted for the accelerator. Applications for the 2023 accelerator will open in February 2023
  • LaunchVT is always looking for businesses looking to support Vermont’s start-ups. If you are interested in sponsoring or providing an in-kind service, email Lauren Bass at [email protected]

Check out the full discussion

Be sure to join LCC at 5:25pm the first Wednesday of every other month for more great conversations. Head to our blog to revist past programming.

Have an idea for a future guest or topic? We would love to hear it! Email Erin Bombard at [email protected]


LaunchVT is a division of the Lake Champlain Chamber that works with its community partners to provide business acceleration programs and resources that empower Vermonters to solve problems and create economic opportunity in their communities.


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Accelerates the development of the 8 best emerging startups in Vermont by connecting them with each other, advisors, service providers, investors, and direct business development support.

Connects LaunchVT Alumni and founders of mid-stage and emerging growth-stage businesses from across Vermont through a remote communication platform and in-person meetings designed to provide greater access to professional networks, knowledge and resources.


To learn more about LaunchVT, please contact Program Director, Lauren Bass at [email protected] or 802-863-3489 x212.