About LaunchScore LLC

Our mission is to help entrepreneurs find the right place for their businesses and help them choose the right type of business for a given location.


André Laplume, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Associate Professor of Management
School of Business and Economics
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan
André is responsible for driving the mission, vision, and goals of the company. He is interested in how firms and entrepreneurs create value through innovation. He has published articles on innovation and entrepreneurship in leading management journals including: Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Engineering Management.

Alain Laplume, B.Eng, J.D.

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Toronto, Canada
Alain is responsible for the technical architecture and design of LaunchScore. He is a lawyer, engineer and web developer with a passion for entrepreneurship and creating great products.


Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira, Ph.D.

Chief Data Scientist
Assistant Professor of Economics
School of Business and Economics
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan / Porto, Portugal
Emanuel is responsible for the statistical analysis of local business conditions. He is interested in how the socioeconomic context impacts entrepreneurialism and has published scholarly articles in several academic journals, such as Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Business Research, Technovation, Human Relations, and Journal of Technology Transfer.

David Nelson, BA, CC

Partner & Chief Content Officer
Winnipeg, Canada
David is responsible for digital media creation and publication of the website’s content. He has more than 18 years’ experience working in the IT and digital media industry, in a variety of roles related to quality assurance, content creation, and writing.

Our Vision

We aim to continuously improve our website, data and scoring algorithm so that we can provide the best possible suggestions, leading to the highest success rates for our entrepreneurial customers.

What's Next?

We currently support 750 U.S. cities with population over 50,000 and aim to expand our coverage to other countries in the near future. We also aim to cover an increasing range of business types beyond the 800 currently offered.

Our Partners