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The Summer Program

Live on campus at a top university in this highly selective and rigorous entrepreneurship program

About the Program

Our summer program taps into the potential of ambitious high school students, supporting you through the process of launching an actual startup.

Join a highly-curated group of promising young entrepreneurs from around the globe for four intense weeks. You'll learn from industry experts and work in a group of peer cofounders to build real products and solve business challenges in viable ways.

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What company will you launch?

You’ll join a team of peer cofounders, combining your passions and skills to solve real problems that impact real people. Take a look at some of the startups founded by our teen entrepreneur alumni.

Ami, smart plush toy created by teen entrepreneurs<


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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payroll management and scheduling software<


Payloc aims to make outdated business practices obsolete and save both money and time for business owners and employlees.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.

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


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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This is Not a Pitch Competition

Our alumni are serious about making real impact, and they continue to build their startups after the summer program ends.


continue to grow more than a year after completing the program


in funding raised by student startups
*you will learn about, but will not engage in, fundraising during the program

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Watch our video to learn about our summer entrepreneurship program for high school students.

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Explore Our Locations

Learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and professors while experiencing one of these university campuses.

Location  Length Dates Program Fee (not covering travel)
Penn 4 weeks June 9 - July 8 $6,295 - includes housing and activities
Northwestern 5 weeks

July 1 - August 3

$6,795 - includes housing, food, and activities
MIT 4 weeks

July 15 - August 11

$6,295 - includes housing and activities
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University of Pennsylvania

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Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Application Deadlines

Round Early Admissions Regular Admissions

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

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

Deadline: December 18, 2017

February 20, 2018

Decision: February 26, 2018

April 16, 2018

Our application to LaunchX Summer 2018 is now closed.  Please join our newsletter to be informed when our applications will open for Summer 2019.

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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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