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Summer Program Admissions

Our summer program is selective and rigorous. Read on to learn about our admissions process, program cost, financial assistance, and qualities of a great candidate

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What makes a great candidate for our summer program?

Great applicants have a proven track-record in working successfully with teams to create exceptional impact. It isn’t about coming up with ideas—it’s about seeing them through.

**Notice that grades and awards don’t make the list! Yes, we ask you to submit your transcripts, but this is the least important part of the application.

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    You take initiative to push yourself outside of your comfort zone

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    You don’t just care about what you do, you care about creating real results

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    You pour yourself intensely into your passions and to persevere

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    A Team-Player

    You’re able to collaborate dynamically and put the team before yourself

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Explore Our Presitigious Program Locations

LaunchX operates on the campus of several prestigious universities across the country.  Learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and professors while experiencing one of these university campuses. Program fee does not include travel.  There is also a $60 application fee required across all locations.  This fee can be waived with proof of financial need. 

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University of Michigan


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Northwestern University


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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What is included in the application?

Whether you have a specific campus in mind or are open to doing the program a few locations, the application is the same. We want to get a sense for who you are, the goals you’ve accomplished, and what inspires you. Our application is purposefully robust and diverse, giving you many opportunities to shine.

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1. General information

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2. Activities

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3. Your transcripts

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4. Entrepreneurial baseline questions

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5. Video introduction to YOU


Financial Need-Based Support

Our admissions process is need-blind, meaning if you indicate that you need financial support, this will not impact your chances of acceptance in any way. 

Examples of our reduction of program fees based on family income include:

Family Income of Admits* Range of Program Fees Family Pays**
$0-25k $25 - $3,750
$25-50k $100 - $6,500
$50-75k $1,200 - FULL
$75k+ FULL

*Family income includes all sources of income, including untaxed income and excluding losses; 

**Range varies based on specific family circumstance of location, costs, income, and assets.

Please note that while we have offered financial need-based support to international students in previous years, this is subject to change.

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Application Deadlines

Please note that the application for summer 2020 will become available in the fall of 2019

Round Early Admissions Regular Admissions

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

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

Deadline: December 16, 2019

February 24, 2020

Decision: March 2, 2020

April 20, 2020

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What alumni say about our summer entrepreneurship program

Jason Zhao, teen entrepreneur and cofounder at Politifund<

Jason Zhao, cofounder at Politifund

It was the best possible opportunity to launch a successful startup that not only makes a positive impact on the world, but also teaches me how to deal with adversity, how to adapt, and how to lead a team through both internal and external conflicts.

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Isha Mayor, cofounder at Commemorate<

Isha Mayor, cofounder at Commemorate

The more I get involved with entrepreneurship, the more I'm amazed by how far good relationships can get you. LaunchX is the perfect place to learn people skills, build relationships, and embark on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Sean Ohja, cofounder at Luminos Education<

Sean Ohja, cofounder at Luminos Education

LaunchX gave me the most immersive entrepreneurial experience of my entire life, endowed me with a powerful skill set, and introduced me to an unreal network of motivated individuals across the globe.

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Kiara Wahnschafft, teen entrepreneur and cofounder and CEO at SafeStart<

Kiara Wahnschafft, cofounder and CEO at SafeStart

When I found LaunchX after searching for entrepreneurship programs online, it seemed like the ideal summer challenge: turning an idea into a real company with a tangible product in just four weeks. Within days of leaving, I wanted to go back, but I at least knew that I would continue working with my two cofounders, whom I continue to meet with to this day. The community extends beyond my cofounders, though, to a group of individuals drawn to innovation and exploration of how challenges can be harnessed to create a vision of a better reality.

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