Tips for a successful LaunchX application
By Launchx team
November 01, 2020
It’s hard to believe, but the applications season for LaunchX Summer 2021 is in full swing. We have created a series of videos to guide you through the application process and make your application a success.
If you haven’t started your application, make sure to do it as soon as possible because early-round applicants have a higher chance of being admitted. You can apply here!
Before we jump into the details of the application, let’s go through some of the important logistics like application deadlines and a timeline for our admission schedule.
|Apply By:||Notified of Decision By:||What is the difference?|
|Early Admissions||December 21, 2020||February 15, 2021||Higher chance of admission, compared against a smaller pool of applicants, notified of acceptance earlier, lower application fee*|
|Regular Admissions||March 1, 2021||April 2, 2021||Larger pool of applicants so more competitive to gain admittance though have more time to apply|
*Fee can be waived with proof of financial need such as being on a free or reduced meal plan.
Make sure to check the program page and our FAQ page for any other logistical questions you might have. Chances are, someone has already asked that question and the answer is readily available on our website. For any questions that were left answered, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to help.
Now let’s jump straight into the application.
1) Creating an Account
First, create an account at https://apply.launchx.com/ or log in if you already have an account. We will use the email that you used to create the account for all further communication with you, so please make sure you include an email that you check frequently.
2) General Information
Click into “Application Form” and you will see a form with a lot of basic demographic information about yourself. It is definitely not the most exciting part of our application process but there is nothing that Google autofill can’t help you with. 🙂
A recommendation is optional. It is an additional opportunity for us to get to know you better. Please make sure that the recommendation is submitted by someone who knows you well in an academic or entrepreneurial setting. Note: the recommendation is not a letter, but the recommendor fills out a short form.
4) Transcripts and School Information
We do ask for a transcript as a part of your application but your admissions decision is never based solely on your grades or what classes you take because we know that there is a lot more that makes you a great entrepreneur than just your grades. We ask you to submit transcripts and school information for all years of high school. For example, if you are a junior at the time of applying, we will need your transcripts for your 9th, 10th, and fall semester of 11th grade. Please make sure that your transcripts are legible and translate to English if you are an international student. However, the transcript does not need to be official.
We want to get an idea of what you are passionate about and how you choose to spend your time. There are a few checkboxes at the top that allow us to assess at a glance the activities that you have extensive experience with. It is not expected or required that you check any of these boxes.
There are two companies and five activity boxes that you will be asked to fill out. We care about quality over quantity. However, we have noticed that most successful candidates are able to fill out all five. It doesn’t mean that you need to list all activities that you ever participated in, please be selective and pick the ones that are most meaningful to you and highlight activities that demonstrate your entrepreneurial propensity. Please fill them out in order starting with the one most important to you.
When filling out the company description, please make sure to include when it was founded, and what your role in the company was/is. We would love to see your company’s website as well as the major KPIs such as revenue, number of employees, etc.
As for the activities, please make sure to give special attention to your role and the description of the activity. Highlight your specific contribution to the activity in which you are involved and the impact of this contribution. This is not intended to be a personal reflection on what this activity means to you but rather a description of what you did and the impact of that action. For example, you may say that you started a DECA club two years ago and grew it to be the largest club in your school with over 100 active members this year. Please be as concise as possible.
The video component is crucial to your application. It is your 30-60 seconds to shine, pitch yourself, and let us know why we should choose you. We want you to only share what you think is most important, not your whole life story. We want to get to know who you are and what motivates you. Remember, the video is your opportunity to pitch yourself. Through your video, you are able to show the person behind the activities and academic achievements, and this can go a long way in your application.
7) Entrepreneurial Baseline
These sections (entrepreneurial mindset and startup teaming) allow us to identify your strengths, motivations, and your expectations for LaunchX. They allow us to assess your starting point to know our potential impact, plus let us know a bit more about you as an entrepreneur as we consider teaming. Make sure that you are honest with yourself when answering the question. Do not answer in a way that you think we would like you to answer. There are no right or wrong answers.
Depending on your skills and activities you might want to submit a portfolio that would illustrate your accomplishments from the activity section. We have divided the portfolio section into coding, making, or design section and ask you to submit a specific item based on the checkbox selected.
- Coding (images of the user interface of the website or app, plus images of the backend code. etc.)
- Design (images of logos or flyers you have designed, renderings you have made, etc.)
- Making (images of finished assemblies, work in process, and the CAD files you developed, etc.)
You may upload up to 3 photos (anything besides photos in the proper format will not be reviewed. Please include a description of how these photos display your entrepreneurial propensity.
If you’re a high school student who is ready to change the world, apply now! It takes all types of entrepreneurial change-makers to come together, so if you’re an innovator, maker, designer, dreamer, explorer, visionary, coder, marketer, or just want to start something real, we want you! Take the first step today and start your application to LaunchX Apply Here!Apply Now