Launch Pad 2.0

Gaston County's Entrepreneurial Challenge!


Launch Pad 2.0 is a business plan competition, sponsored by the Gaston Regional & Montcross Area Chambers of Commerce, designed to encourage, reward, support and celebrate entrepreneurship and create jobs in Gaston County.

We are looking for small businesses or entrepreneurs who have a desire to further develop their existing business or start a new business in Gaston County.  If you believe you have one of the best new entrepreneurial ideas in Gaston County for 2014, please submit your application for consideration and review by a panel of judges by September 30, 2014.

You will compete with other entrepreneurs and small business owners for an economic incentive of $24,500 in cash ($12,500 1st place, $7,500 2nd place, $3,500 3rd place & $1,000 bonus for the best pitch) at a LIVE competition held on November 20 at 6:00 PM at Gaston College!

Want to learn more? There will be three “help sessions” which applicants may attend to review the application and ask any questions: Tuesday, September 9, Montcross Area Chamber (100 N. Main St. Suite 100, Belmont) 6 PM - 7 PM, Wednesday, September 17, Gaston Regional Chamber (601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia) 6 PM - 7 PM, and Monday, September 22, Hive (127 W. Main Ave., Gastonia) 6 PM - 7 PM.


Thank you to sponsors






Watch videos from the 2013 Launch Pad competition!


2013 Launch Pad 1st Place              2013 Launch Pad 2nd Place               2013 Launch Pad 3rd Place

AcuteCare Solutions                         Catawba River Antique Mall                Appalachian Leather Works



2013 Launch Pad Finalist                  2013 Launch Pad Finalist                  2013 Launch Pad Finalist
Bee Sweet LLC: Honey
                     Synaptik Design Group                      Midnight Marine


2013 Launch Pad Awards Ceremony