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 alumni.

Politifund is crowdfunded lobbying for the people. With hundreds of millions of dollars poured into private lobbying efforts by big corporations, effectively shutting the public out of the political process. Politifund helps American citizens to influence legislature, providing a platform that lets them contribute to open campaigns.

Founded by Gabi Fullam, Nick Majer, Rahi Patel, and Jason Zhao

The average unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is more than twice that of those without disabilities in the United States. The Bridge Initiative is a nonprofit organization that connects these individuals to long-term employment opportunities. Their web platform provides services to aid people with disabilities and their caregivers in order to ease the process of employment.

Founded by Michael Ligier, Russel Reed, and Jennifer Tran

Dropwise, gives people the tools to easily monitor and act on their water usage in real-time. Simply by understanding how much water they use throughout the day, Dropwise users can save thousands of gallons of water per year and hundreds on their water bills—helping both the environment and their wallet.

Founded by Kevin Li, Casian Patranascu, and Noah Schochet

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 Date(s) Program Fee (not covering travel)
Northwestern 5 weeks

July 1 - August 4, 2018

$6795 - includes housing, food, and activities
MIT 4 weeks

mid-June - mid-July

mid-July - mid-August

$6295 - includes housing and activities
UT 4 weeks July 8 - August 4, 2018 $6295 - includes housing, food, and activities

Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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University of Texas at Austin

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Upcoming 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



What alumni say about our summer entrepreneurship program

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

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

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, 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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