Launch Lab

God is using people like you to shape the world. Launch Lab is where innovative people like you will move ideas from concept to working model. The possibilities are endless. The vision begins with you!

In the Launch Lab you will get the tools you need, and learn to leverage them to shape world-impacting ideas. You’ll find:

  • Expert advice for moving your idea forward
  • Practical coaching from consultants
  • A free workbook with stimulating content to take your idea from concept to concrete model
  • Advice from key thought leaders and organizational leaders who, like you, started with an inspired Kingdom idea
  • New collaborators
  • Attractive space to bring your idea to life
  • Win seed money for your idea model

Lab Hours, Location and Staff

Launch Lab will be open daily December 28-31, from 12:30-7:00 p.m. and is located in the Washington Room, on the corner of Washington Avenue and North 10th Street (inside the Renaissance Grand).

Josh Kwan, Trainer

Israel Vicars, Lead Coach

Christine Weddle, Coordinator


As you get ready for Launch Lab at Urbana 12, will be posting some examples of great ideas to inspire your creativity.

Giving More Than Food to the Working Poor

Did you know that Americans throw away approximately 40 percent of their food supply every year? That the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food? Or that a 15 percent reduction in losses in the U.S. food supply would save enough to feed 25 million Americans annually?

When Barry and Suanne Birch heard that bread was going to waste at a local organization in Portland, Oregon, they began picking it up on an on-call basis. They began by giving it away from their front porch and eventually co-founded Birch Community Services (BCS). Today they are in their second warehouse (18,000 feet2) providing food to more than 600 families. But that’s not all!

"We're a hand-up, not a hand-out," say the Birches. In order to shop at BCS, people must go through an application process, pay $50/month, volunteer twice a month, and attend a financial accountability class. In addition, there are a variety of classes (i.e. gardening) being offered.

The lives of 600 families are being changed all from one simple act. What’s your idea and/or one simple act that can turn someone’s life around? Join us at Launch Lab to get your idea in motion!

charity: water

Multiple times a day we turn on the faucet and clean water comes pouring out. We often let the water run and run, taking it for granted.

To access water throughout much of Africa, women or children currently walk an average of three miles carrying two 5 gallon pails that will hold up to 80 pounds of water. Even then, that water may be putrid. But they have no choice. How else will they grow their crops, feed their family, wash their clothes? The options are severely limited.

After volunteering to work on one of the Mercy Ships, Scott Harrison came back a changed man. His eight-month experience led him to found charity:water, a non-profit organization now helping the world’s poor develop their own clean water wells. The beauty of this plan is that all members of a village are involved in the construction of a well, as well as develop and maintain a Water Committee. This design allows men and women to work together in the decision-making process, oftentimes providing the first leadership opportunities for women.

The results? Reduced health issues, increased crops, clean clothes, and children receiving educations that will benefit their village in the future.

Whether or not you’ve had the opportunity to take a mission trip or volunteer with a non-profit, God may have given you an idea that can change people’s lives. Come to Launch Lab and let our Trainers, Consultants and Coaches help you take your idea to the next level. Your idea can make a difference!

Pedal Power Changes Lives

Can you imagine having to spend 6 hours a day, 3-5 days a week just doing laundry? Walking miles to get to water and then washing your laundry piece-by-piece.

When Alex Cabunoc and Ji A learned this was daily life for many of the world’s poor, they decided something needed to be done. That’s how GiraDora—a combination washer and spin-dryer came in to being.

At a production cost of only $40, the portable plastic tub is filled with soap, water, clothes, and then covered with a lid which is used as a seat. The user then sits on the tub and pumps the spring-loaded foot pedal, tranforming the tub into a washing machine!

Currently being field-tested in Peru, the GiraDora is alleviating health issues, moldy clothing, and beginning to generate income through laundry services, rentals, and direct sales. Future plans are for wider distribution in South America and India.

The GiraDora project has been recognized by both the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and the International Design Excellence Awards.

Your Turn

What idea do you have that will change peoples lives?