RedHawk Launch Accelerator

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The Redhawk Launch Accelerator is the John. W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship’s seed stage startup accelerator for all Miami University student-led startups with high growth potential. Participating startups will: 

  • Work 1 to 1 with mentors 
  • Work side-by-side with subject matter experts and practicing entrepreneurs 
  • Identify and achieve growth benchmarks
  • Pitch to startup accelerators and funders at Demo Day
  • Receive up to $2,500 in operating capital 

Programming Overview 

Based in Union Hall in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district, the next cohort of the Redhawk Launch Accelerator will take place during the Spring 2021 Semester. Programming will focus on critical aspects of growing a startup, including: 

  • Benchmark and goal setting 
  • Customer interviews and feedback 
  • Prototype development and testing 
  • Achieving product-market fit 
  • Sales and marketing 
  • Crowdfunding 
  • Venture capital

Important Dates 

  • November 12, 2020: Accelerator applications open
  • December 31, 2020: Accelerator applications close 
  • Early January 2021: Applicant interviews 
  • Mid-January 2021: Applicants are notified of admissions decision 
  • February 1, 2021: Accelerator kickoff 
  • Late May 2021: Demo Day 


  • All current Miami University undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Miami University alumni, are eligible to participate.
  • Apply Now

The Redhawk Launch Accelerator is a proud member of the Startup Cincinnati Ecosystem

If you have any questions, contact Mark Lacker at 513-529-1896 or

Previous Cohorts

Learn about the 2021 cohort

Learn about the 2020 cohort

Learn about the 2019 cohort


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