OVERVIEW

Our LaunchU Business Feasibility Course is a 36-46 hours award-winning micro-enterprise development process that combines a nationally-recognized facilitated proprietary curriculum that includes: entrepreneur’s workbook, livePlan, the rites, coaching, mentoring, and networking, coupled with a rich online resources library to support participants. In addition, we will continue find ways to make the course accessible to all participant meeting enrollment criteria.

In 2011, the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) at the University joined with the Kauffman Foundation to continue the development and distribution of the FirstStep and the FastTrac program, including providing supportive services to micro-enterprise development agencies nationwide. That program became known as Operation JumpStart (formerly FirstStep) was offered over the next four years by over 150 affiliates with more than 8,000 participants.

In 2016, the Kauffman Foundation transferred ownership of the program to the MIC which subsequently used the program as a foundation for the LaunchU course which will serve a whole new generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.