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HTR seeks applicants for LaunchPad program

Rochester Business Journal
January 8, 2014

High Tech Rochester’s LaunchPad program is accepting applications through Jan. 31.

The mentoring program for web-based and software teams is in its second year of operation. For a dozen startup companies or teams, the 12-week program will employ the “Lean LaunchPad” methodology, made famous by Steve Blank from Stanford University.

LaunchPad sees a range of new software applications by local teams including anything from  Internet-based systems, mobile apps, and enterprise software products including those for smart phones, portable web-based devices, more traditional markets and technologies, larger scale enterprise IT, and cloud computing, HTR officials said. 

Teams will also receive an additional nine months of support through HTR’s Entrepreneur Affiliate program which links serial entrepreneurs, seed-stage venture capitalists, and software engineering and business experts.

Mentors from HTR, business support services and business advisers will also be available to team members.

“All could likely benefit from experienced advisors and additional resources for bringing their concepts to the marketplace,” says program director Mike Riedlinger, HTR’s program manager of technology commercialization.  “By using the HTR LaunchPad approach, a startup team learns what needs to be done to address specific customer needs, rapidly adapt to market requirements and build viable business models to make money from their venture.”

Participating teams will meet one afternoon a week during the 12-week program, beginning Feb. 28.

It’s free to apply.  HTR LaunchPad is supported by a Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation grant. Visit

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