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Online Certificate Program

Our online certificate program allows you to explore entrepreneurship while tapping into your potential as an ambitious high school student, coming together with other promising young entrepreneurs to our online platform during the semester. 

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Your Entrepreneurial Journey Starts Now

LaunchX gives high school students the skills and mindset to start real companies. Our program will help you to leverage your talents and tenacity to learn about entrepreneurship and start on your journey to building a viable startup. We’ll train you in the innovative thinking that allows founders to create successful businesses.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyzing and selecting potential business opportunities
  • Performing market research to determine product market fit
  • Testing your offering through different types of mockups and protoypes
  • Iterating on your offering and colecting data and feedback for improvement
  • Selling your offering and pitching your startup

Note: LaunchX reserves the right to change the curriculum and delivery of the program to improve participant experience.

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Key Components

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YOUR STARTUP

You will develop the foundation of a real startup!

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COURSE MATERIALS

There are weekly course videos and materials to be completed, plus a webinar with Q&A each week.

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DISCUSSION GROUPS

You will come together with your peers for case studies, peer feedback, and discussions of materials.

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PRIZE MONEY

The program culminates in a pitch with the top startups awarded seed money.

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How It Works

Our online certificate program allows you to explore entrepreneurship while tapping into your potential as an ambitious high school student. We bring together a group of promising young entrepreneurs from around the globe to our online platform to take part in the course materials, meet weekly through discussion groups and take part in webinars, as well as build real products and solve business challenges in meaningful and viable ways.

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students must have a computer with stable Internet access for video streaming course materials and attending webinars and group discussions via Zoom.

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PRICING AND APPLICATION

Program fee: $2,495
Financial-need support available for US-based admitted students if applying by the early application date only.
Early deadline: September 14
Regular deadline: September 28

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DATES AND TIMING

The course will run from October 19 - December 12.
Length: 8 weeks
Commitment: 5-8 hours/wk

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Program Dates And Fees

Program Dates Program Fee 

LaunchX Online Certificate Program

October 19 - December 12

$2,495

US-based admitted students whose families earned less than $100,000 in 2019 will be eligible to apply for financial-need support.  Note that given the range of family circumstance, income is only one factor, and this only allows eligibility to apply.  Those admits will provide two years of taxes to our financial-need support application to determine potential financial-need offering.

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Application Deadlines

Round Early Admissions Regular Admissions
Differences:

Be compared against a small pool of applicants and get a decision sooner.

Must apply by this date if being considered for financial-need support.

Get more time to apply but be compared against a larger pool.

Deadline: September 14, 2020

September 28, 2020

Decision by: September 25, 2020

October 9, 2020

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Your Program Experience

Bringing a real product to the market is no small task. Your LaunchX experience will be challenging. It will be intense. And it will be worth it.

Team activities, group discussions, and weekly webinars will immerse you in the entrepreneurial process and push you to stretch the limits of what you thought was possible. You’ll work with your team to put the course material lessons to work—applying your newfound knowledge and skills to bring your ideas to life.

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Certificate

Earn a digital LaunchX certificate upon successful completion of the online program.

After successful completion of the online program, your digital certificate will issued to you via the course platform in the name you used when registering for the program. Certificate image is for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change.

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Program Differentiators

  • The only program of its kind that is just for high school students giving you a network of likeminded innovators like you
  • Strong focus on opportunity identification and market research
  • Robust course platform with extensive materials and resources
  • Teaching assistants who have been through the process
  • Instructors who are both entrepreneurs and educators
  • Speed mentor meeting opportunities for feedback on your startup
  • Seed funding of $5,000 and $2,500 awarded to the winner and runner-up startups, respectively

Note: Seed funding cannot be used for personal expenses. It must be used to develop the business cited in the final pitch. The money will be sent to business accounts only.

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Virtual Program Testimonials

young entrepreneur Nana Annor Asante<

Nana Annor Asante

The LaunchX I experienced this year wasn't the one I was hoping for originally. I didn't get to travel and see these great colleges and their cities, but now that the program has ended, I've realized something. It was never the buildings or the cities that made this program so great - it was the people, and the effort put in by everyone involved - from the admins to the students - that made this program what it is. I learned so much I doubt I could put it into words here. Of course, I learned a lot about entrepreneurship, and working with a team, but I think the real treasure was what I learned about myself, and the skills LaunchX brought out in me. Taking part in LaunchX and its community has unleashed something in me I didn't know I had. I now breathe, eat, and sleep entrepreneurship. LaunchX has really helped me decide the path I want to take in life, and for that I thank you.

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young entrepreneur Jennifer Song<

Jennifer Song

Most importantly, I learned that creating a startup venture consists of cycles of ups and downs. A good idea does not guarantee sales, nor does a good business plan guarantee success. Without successful branding and gaining loyal customers, a prototype is not truly an innovation. Pitching in front of mentors, instructors, interns and students helped with my presentation skills and was very enjoyable as well.

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young entrepreneur Sidaarth Sabhnani<

Sidaarth Sabhnani

I learned something very important about myself: I don't need to artificially manufacture productivity, it comes naturally when I am working on an inspiring mission. I also learned how to work even better as a team, as well as a virtual and remote team. Finally, I learned I seriously improved my problem solving skills. Thank you so much for LaunchX 2020, Virtual Edition! This was truly the silver lining of the pandemic, and I am so proud of all I learned and accomplished. I am looking forward to a career in entrepreneurship as well.

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Yuan Tai Xie

It's not too early to start NOW. Throughout this program, I have been exposed to so many peers that have taken initiative to make it happen, and in this environment, I feel encouraged to upgrade myself and do the same. I've learned that taking the first step out is the single most important thing to get anything done. I've had the opportunity to practice many soft skills that are useful in life, no matter what I choose to pursue: leadership, team communication, presentation and public speaking, growing connections, present myself professionally, etc. It has been an amazing time spent with LaunchX over the past 6 weeks. Thank you for all the fun, content, network, and opportunities!

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young entrepreneur Aiwei Zhang<

Aiwei Zhang

Before Launch, I've never had any classes for entrepreneurship, and Launch definitely gave me a solid foundation for my knowledge in entrepreneurship and how starting a real business is like. Also, I came to Launch thinking that I may probably be starting a platform/software business, but I'm really glad how things turned out - I co-founded a hardware product startup. I stepped out of my comfort zone - and I'm definitely going to continue our business with my team.

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young entrepreneur Elyes Laalai<

Elyes Laalai

I'd definitely say that the most valuable thing I learned in the program is that Entrepreneurship is something that regroups a series of skills that make up success. To be honest, when I joined the program, I had a completely different point of view towards Entrepreneurship; I thought it was something that you are genuinely good or bad at without even training. After the different and interesting classes I joined, I believe now that everyone can become a successful entrepreneur. Even in the cases of lack of access to the resources, Entrepreneurship creates a plan to make the resources available and solve a problem afterwards. Many concepts have been changed in my mind, and I'm really happy that I got to experience a shift in my mindset, especially that I figured out that progress is possible, even in the worst cases when there are potential solutions.

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