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About LaunchX

Our mission is to empower young people to build the future

Read more to learn about LaunchX in the press, our history, and how to contact us

Our program help students grow their skills and mindset to become real entrepreneurs. We provide the hands-on education of top resources and community that equips students in the skills and innovative thinking that allow founders to create successful businesses, challenging them to create a real startup from idea to execution and impact.

LaunchX has a fast-paced, enthusiastic, and collaborative culture. We have a few guidelines that will help you excel as a member of the LaunchX community:

RESPECT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Respect the speakers, staff, and learning environment. We want you (and everyone else) to get the learning experience you came for, so no student should behave in a way that inhibits the experience of anyone else (nor themselves either).

Challenge each other constructively

You should constantly push yourself and others, though in a way that is respectful and constructive. This means getting people to speak up who might not otherwise, respectfully challenging all ideas, and making quick, iterative changes. The most efficient learning happens when teams push themselves to move quickly, efficiently and think about things in new and different ways.

Collaboration and participation every day

This refers to students working within your team and across the cohort; participating in class and with potential customers; and making the most of your time with mentors. You are expected to be fully present, and to take part in your company and sessions every day.

Respect the speakers, staff, and learning environment. We want you (and everyone else) to get the learning experience you came for, so no student should behave in a way that inhibits the experience of anyone else (nor themselves either).

Learn More about the Speakers

You should constantly push yourself and others, though in a way that is respectful and constructive. This means getting people to speak up who might not otherwise, respectfully challenging all ideas, and making quick, iterative changes. The most efficient learning happens when teams push themselves to move quickly, efficiently and think about things in new and different ways.

Learn More about Great Candidates

This refers to students working within your team and across the cohort; participating in class and with potential customers; and making the most of your time with mentors. You are expected to be fully present, and to take part in your company and sessions every day.

Learn More about the Process

Your goal at LaunchX is to start a real company. 

As educators, our metric for success isn’t creation of successful companies, but creation of entrepreneurs.  That means we’ll help you develop the entrepreneurial mindset to be decisive problem solvers capable of identifying opportunities, prototyping and user testing to ensure a customer need, and pitching to get feedback and support.  

By the end of the program, all startup teams are to come together and gain market validation. This includes the following:

  • Teaming: Work well within a team environment, fostering the highest level of performance possible from yourself and your teammates within an environment that is both collaborative, respectful, and mutually supportive of each other.
  • Testing: Explore a startup opportunity through market research and development of a Minimum Viable Product (an “MVP”) by utilizing and implementing the knowledge that you gain throughout the LaunchX Summer Program.
  • Selling: Your team will launch your offering into the marketplace and produce sales, pre-sales, or other revenues of no less than $250 on or before one calendar week prior to Demo Day.

Accomplishing this in the timeframe of the program is a lot!  But we also know what Launchies are capable of.  

LaunchX Was A Startup Once, Too!

High school students have such enormous potential, and our founder, Laurie Stach, believes immensely in that potential.  Read more below to learn about LaunchX: the history and founding of LaunchX including the early years, being brought into and subsequently spinning out of MIT, and growing to meet the immense demand of entrepreneurship education.

 

2012

The company was founded

  • The company was founded in 2012 by Laurie Stach with the first year of the summer program to be held in 2013.
  • The entity started under the name Launch Summer Program with one location at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

2014- 2016

MIT and The Launch Program

  • In the fall of 2014, MIT invited Laurie and the Launch program to become part of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
  • The program ran within MIT for several years, able to leverage the resources of the school.

2016 – 2019

The growth of LaunchX

  • To reach the growing demand of high school entrepreneurship education, Laurie and the team decided to leave the Trust Center to expand to additional universities.
  • In 2018 and subsequent years, LaunchX grew locations and students.

2020-2022

Online Summer Program

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LaunchX moved online in 2020, though continued to grow with record applications and student reviews.
  • LaunchX leveraged more great resources of online learning and continued the 2022 summer program online.

LaunchX Awards

LaunchX has been acknowledged for its business excellence by a number of established and renowned institutions.  We are humbled and honored to receive these recognitions:

About LaunchX – In The Press

LaunchX has been featured in a variety of prestigious publications. Click on each to read more!

Contact Us

You may email us at info@launchx.com and we’ll respond within one business day

If you have questions about active job openings at LaunchX, please see this page of our website.

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