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High School Startups

Read more below about the startups launched by our high school entrepreneurs during our previous summer programs held at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Click on the startup to learn more, plus check out our blog for many more startup successes.

 

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Traverse

Traverse, a wheelchair attachment company, has developed a product to fulfill their mission of making the world more accessible. They have created SpokeSkins, a product that provides a low cost and flexible solution to mobility issues wheelchair users face when going outdoors.  During the short summer, they user tested with 30 subjects and 100% saw an improvement, received 31 intents to purchase, already received 370 page views to their website in the first week, coordinating marketing efforts with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Free Wheelchair Mission.

Founders: Liam Anthony, Vishwajit Sharma, Claire Oxner, Lenor Levy

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Eli

Sleep is precious, but sometimes it's hard for your little one to get a good night's rest. Our solution is Eli, a smart toy which tracks your child's sleep. By synthesizing data from numerous high-tech sensors, Eli determines what conditions and habits lead to the best quality and quantity of sleep, providing feedback to parents and nannies to ensure a better night's sleep for their kids. All of this information is available through our easily-accessible smartphone app. They have done extensive user testing and are preparing their Kickstarter - get ready for Eli!

Founders: Michael Solodko, Agam Jolly, Cindy Xu, Maya Villasenor

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Plantie

Plantie seeks to provide an engaging and interactive way to teach environmental sustainability and taking responsibility for children, by giving them the opportunity to grow their very own plant, based on a real-time tracking system.  During the short summer, they already attained 10 customers willing to user-test, >50 signed up for email updates and attained agreements to promote product from 4 kid-friendly accounts (reach of 250k) and 6 plant/mom influencers (reach of 168k).

Founders: Barnabas Bakucz, Claire Chen, Da-Lan Pham, Mihaly Szekely

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bitkit

BitKit is an educational toy that teaches children how to code through building and coding their own hardware products. For children ages 10-13, BitKit introduces the fundamentals of coding through a hands-on, project-based structure. Each child can build their own computer, create their own toys, and play with their own code. During the short summer, they already received >$1k in revenue and 585-page visits in the first week of launching their website.

Founders: Kehan Wang, Peter Zheng, Andreas Lordos, Jessica Ji

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Payloc

Payloc aims to make outdated business practices obsolete and save both money and time for business owners and employlees. They provide resources to make essential tasks such as payroll management and employee scheduling easy, and allows for quick and easy communication between managers and employees. Offering payroll, scheduling, geofencing, and mobile services, their app has been published and is available for use and download for both iOS and Android. They have partnered with and begun onboarding major hotel chains Holiday Inn and Best Western.

Founders: Christopher Lee, Johnny Wang, Zachary Shenkman, Intel Chen

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Foundery

Foundery is a network where visionaries and skilled individuals create teams and businesses around ground-breaking ideas. The website is a platform for people to post ideas and attract the attention of others who want to help bring them to life. While teams are ultimately created at the discretion of the visionaries, the website's advanced pairing algorithm connects users to ideas based on their own unique skills and passions. From experienced entrepreneurs to high school coders, Foundery offers a way to make business creation possible for anyone with the ambition to sign up.  (LaunchX is a customer - they've made some great progress!)

Founders: Prez Thomas, Hunter Hancock, Akhi Khakhar, Alex Brufsky

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Ami, smart plush toy created by teen entrepreneurs<

Ami

Ami aims to “keep kids healthy and happy in a place where love never ends." Ami’s pilot product is Penny the Penguin, a smart plush that can speak parent-crafted messages through an app-controllable bluetooth speaker. For kids, Penny is a fuzzy best friend that they can listen to and follow. For parents, Penny bridges the communication gap between children and parents and makes it easier for parents to instill healthy habits in their kids.

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Savy, customer retail shopping platform created by high school entrepreneurs<

Savy

Savy allows customers to discover styles at 1000-plus retail partners and enter how much they’d be willing to pay.  Customers get great deals and partnered businesses get direct feedback about their product pricing, access to customers’ emails, and also become a part of the community of Savy Stores.  So far, it has significantly increased conversions and revenues for businesses while allowing customers to get great deals.

Disha started Savy while at Launch in 2014 and was recently on Shark Tank.

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