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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.

About the Program

This year, LaunchX is going virtual! For more information visit the virtual program page.

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


Program Dates and Fees

Program *Dates *Program Fee 
LaunchX Virtual

June 29 - August 7, 2020


*Dates and pricing subject to change.  Please note that 2021 program dates will not be announced until November 2020. 


2020 Update: Unfortunately, none of our in-person locations will be moving forward this summer.  We will, however, be running LaunchX Virtual.

Please see our coronavirus page for the latest updates.  


Previous In-Person Program Locations

This summer, we are excited to take the program online in order to deliver the same LaunchX experience and community in an virtual environment to aspiring young entrepreneurs around the globe!  Learn more on the LaunchX Virtual page.

LaunchX previous summer programs have taken place on the campus of several universities across the country, where students learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and instructors while launching their startups.

Check out our past years' locations below. 

MIT Summer Session Two 2019<

Cambridge / Boston

A hub for technology and engineering, Cambridge has many top universities that are unparalleled in their ability to crank out new inventions and startups. Being located in Cambridge allows LaunchX to pull from these many top universities for speakers, mentors, and inspiration as the students of the program embrace this innovative culture of their surroundings to bring their ideas to life.  Students will have the oppurtunity to learn from LaunchX staff plus industry professionals while attending classes on a university campus.

Northwestern University Summer Program 2018<

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.

University of Michigan Summer Program 2019<

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 LaunchX staff plus expert guest speakers as you receive specialized mentorship from the movers and shakers of this rapidly growing startup scene.

University of Pennsylvania Summer Program 2018<

University of Pennsylvania

Innovation is intrinsic to Penn—part of the school’s legacy and roots since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. And much like Franklin’s belief that “well-done is better than well-said,” the culture at Penn is one of taking action and experimenting in pursuit of impact.

Living on-campus at the university, your LaunchX courses will be taught by LaunchX staff plus expert guest speakers as you receive specialized mentorship from the movers and shakers of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing startup scene.

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Find Out More

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

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Application Deadlines

Please note the admissions for the 2020 program is closed. 

We will begin admissions for the 2021 program in the fall, though you can fill out the form linked below to be notified when the application becomes available.

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 13, 2020

January 31, 2021

Decision: February 13, 2021

March 31, 2021


Interested in applying next year?  Fill out this form to be notified when applications open:

2021 Application Interest Form

What alumni say about our entrepreneurship summer program

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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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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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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