The LAUNCH Fostoria Business Competition is open to any entrepreneur looking to start their business right here in Fostoria, Ohio! The LAUNCH Fostoria Business Competition is a 3 part competition where entrepreneurs must first apply to enter the competition and may then be invited to participate in the semi-finals and the finals. The semi-finals consists of pitching to a panel of judges and the finals are the big show, where contestants pitch to the public for votes. The winner receives a prize package valued at just under $18,000 and includes cash, money toward a one year lease or purchase of a space, consulting services and a marketing package valued at $5,000! More information can be found on the contest application form. Completed applications may be dropped off at the Chamber office within the Fostoria Learning Center, 342 Perry St or emailed to

LAUNCH Fostoria 2023 Competition Dates:

Application Period: March 20-May 5

Application Review & Selection: May 15-17

Contest Decision Notice: May 19

Pitch Clinic: May 24

Semi Finals-Pitch to Judges: June 28

Finals-Pitch to Public-August 4

Special thanks to our 2023 LAUNCH Fostoria sponsors:


CONGRATULATIONS Calico Charlie’s Candy & More!  The 2022 LAUNCH Fostoria Business Competition Winner

Matt & Kris Koester, Owners of Calico Charlie’s Candy & More

Congratulations to our LAUNCH 2022 Finalists:

Perfectly Repurposed (Brent Hoerig)

OTR Smokehouse (Jody & Victoria Beckford)

Created by J Spaces & Events (Janet Puckett)

2022 LAUNCH Finalists: Victoria & Jody Beckford-OTR Smokehouse; Matt & Kris Koester-Calico Charlie’s Candy & More;
Janet Puckett-Created by J Spaces & Events; Brent Hoerig-Perfectly Repurposed.