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The Summer Program

Live on campus at a top university in this highly selective and rigorous summer program for young entrepreneurs

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.

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What startup will you launch?

You’ll join a team of peer co-founders, 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.

Click on the startup to learn more, plus check out our blog for many more startup successes.

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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Payloc aims to make outdated business practices obsolete and save both money and time for business owners and employlees.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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Watch our video to learn about our summer entrepreneurship program for high school students.

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Explore Our Presitigious Program Locations

LaunchX operates on the campus of several presitigious universities across the country.  Learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and professors while experiencing one of these university campuses.

Below are our expected locations and dates for 2019, which are subject to change based on classroom and dormitory availability.

Please note that we unfortunately will not be offering the University of Pennsylvania location this year due to logistical constraints, but look forward to hopefully returning there in future years.

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University of Michigan

June 16 – July 13

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Northwestern University

June 30 – July 27

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

June 9 – July 6, July 14 – August 10

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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 21, 2018

February 25, 2019

Decision: March 1, 2019

April 15, 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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