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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

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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

Eli logo

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

Plantie logo

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 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

Payloc logo

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


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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