HTR LaunchPad

HTR LaunchPad helps software developers commercialize new apps

Modeled after the highly acclaimed Lean LaunchPad program developed at Stanford University and funded by a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the HTR LaunchPad is now accepting applications from software and web-based teams and entrepreneurs developing new software applications.

Read more about the program in our blog

At no charge to the participants selected for the program, the HTR LaunchPad provides support for up to ten teams beginning with an initial 12-week program.  Plus, software entrepreneurs and teams will benefit from nine additional months of support through HTR’s Entrepreneur Affiliate program, which provides each participant with access to HTR’s mentors, business advisors, and business support services at the Lennox Technology Enterprise Center in Henrietta.

HTR will also connect the selected teams with regional business vendors, professional advisors, and engineering resources for rapid development and market testing.   

Program participants might be teams firmly established in the software business and have new software solutions they want to commercialize. Or, teams might comprise recent graduates just starting out.  

Their software projects might be for internet-based systems, mobile apps, and enterprise software products including those for a smart phones, portable web-based devices, more traditional markets and technologies, larger scale enterprise IT, and “cloud” computing.

“Having seen the success of the Lean LaunchPad program at Stanford and in Silicon Valley, I’m delighted to bring these lessons learned to our Rochester community,” says program director Mike Riedlinger, HTR’s Program Manager of Technology Commercialization. “This is not a traditional classroom program—it is an intensive, action-oriented workshop requiring development of working prototypes and first-hand customer interviews to refine and validate ideas for new products and services.”

2013 Program Schedule

Participating teams will meet one afternoon a week during the 12-week program, beginning on Friday, February 22, 2013. Investor presentations and demo days will be held in Rochester and New York City in June.

How to Apply

There is no fee for participation, but only those entrepreneurial teams that are passionate, motivated, and open to the possibilities of adapting their business concepts as they progress will be selected. Up to 10 teams will be selected. Teams should have their software ideas at or near the prototype stage by the time the program begins.

Download the application

Deadline for submitting an application is January 25, 2013.  Entrepreneurs and teams selected for the program will be notified in early February, 2013. 


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