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Summer Program

Our summer program taps into the potential of ambitious high school students, supporting you through the process of launching an actual startup.  Read on to learn more about the program.

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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 co-founders to build real products and solve business challenges in viable ways.

LaunchX isn't a business plan competition - students start real companies.  These startups are driven by using the design thinking process to discover innovative opportunities, backed by extensive market research, multiple iterations of prototypes and user testing, and gaining traction through getting real customers and partnerships.


Take A Company From Idea To Execution

Work on a co-founder team of like-minded peers, stretching yourself beyond your limits throughout the entrepreneurial process to launch a real startup.

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    Identify business opportunities

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    Formalize the idea with market research

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    Test the Concept

    Design and test your solution

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    Build business logistics and start selling


Explore Our Program Locations

LaunchX operates on the campus of several universities across the country.  Learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and instructors while launching your startup.

Locations for summer 2020 are yet to be determined, so below are the locations from summer 2019.  Locations and program pricing for summer 2020 will be posted as soon as they are available.  Program fee will not include travel.  There is also an application fee required across all locations, which will be lower if paid by the early application fee deadline - please see the application for more details once it has opened.  This fee can be waived with proof of financial need.

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has captured the #1 spot on the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs ranking list published by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.  With a top entrepreneurial ecosystem consisting of speaker series, tech resources, and accelerator opportunities, this top university is equipping students to "Be the Difference." 

Living on-campus at the university, your LaunchX courses will be taught by expert instructors as you receive specialized mentorship from the movers and shakers of this rapidly growing startup scene.

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Northwestern University

Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University has been serving academically talented students and their families for over 35 years. Based outside of Chicago on Northwestern's Evanston, Illinois campus, CTD works within the School of Education and Social Policy to ensure gifted students receive the education, encouragement, and support they need to grow into confident and accomplished lifelong learners.

As a part of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, you’ll belong to an international community of high-achieving peers and receive access to the main hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

Note: The Northwestern Center for Talent Development location requires that international students obtain a student visa - more information is provided upon admission.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A hub for technology and engineering, MIT is unparalleled in its ability to crank out new inventions and startups. MIT is located in the heart of Kendall Square, also known as Cambridge, Massachusetts’ innovation district. The school's motto is mens et manus—”mind and hand.” This motto speaks to the university’s values for not only learning, but doing—a perfect fit for LaunchX’s focus on bringing ideas to life. Students will have the oppurtunity to learn from industry professionals while attending classes on-campus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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 15, 2019

February 1, 2020

Decision: February 15, 2020

April 1, 2020

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What alumni say about our entrepreneurship summer 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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