LaunchX Summer Entrepreneurship Program 2020: are you the next successful young entrepreneur?
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Application deadline: December 15, 2019 (early admission) or February 1, 2020 (regular admission). Apply Now
Program dates: Summer 2020 – TBA – see website for updates
Eligibility: Students in current grades 9-12 (freshman through senior or international equivalent) may apply. International applicants may apply if they have a visa that would allow them to enter and stay in the United States for the program.
How LaunchX helps you
LaunchX Summer Entrepreneurship Program 2020 is an intense 4-week program for entrepreneurially-minded high school students to help them build a thriving business.
Throughout the program, you will be challenged to identify promising market opportunities while building entrepreneurial skills and mindset. LaunchX is not a business plan contest; the aim is to create an idea and make it real by taking action, learning from the results, and making changes to improve your chances of success. LaunchX students start real companies.
“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” LaunchX matches you with other high-achievers who will complement your skills, personality, and interests within the cohort of other participants to form a co-founder team ready to start a successful business. LaunchX wants students to learn and work together so team check-ins with staff ensure your team is implementing effective communication and collaboration strategies so your company can be as high-performing as possible.
The objective of LaunchX is to launch a real startup. During the program, you will progress through a series of milestones as your team develops its business — from opportunity identification and selection, performing market research, testing your offering with customers, to developing your business model and pitching. You will be exposed to the challenge of working under time constraints in a small team in which you will confront uncertainty, make decisions in the absence of critical information, and revise decisions as you receive feedback from the market and mentors. The aim is to learn by doing while creating the foundation of a sustainable company.
In the classroom, the program uses experiential learning and hands-on activities that give students the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a thriving entrepreneur. From day one, you will participate in interactive classes and workshops led by instructors who are experts in their fields and guests from the local community of entrepreneurs and universities. It allows you to learn from experienced founders who have been through the process as they share their insights and answer questions on market research, gaining traction, and scaling your business empire. The engaging format will hook you and let you apply the lessons learned directly to your newly established business.
Who should apply
The LaunchX team has high expectations of the students participating in the program.
That’s why you should ask yourself:
🏫 Are you a student in current grades 9 to 12?
🏃 Do you push yourself outside of your comfort zone?
🤩 Do you take initiative and persevere?
🤝 Are you able to work effectively in a team?
📈 Are you focused on creating impact and results?
If the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you would be a perfect fit for the program!
The LaunchX team wants the program to be accessible to students who are admitted. For this reason, admissions are need-blind, meaning that it will never hurt your chances of getting in if you require financial assistance.
If accepted, the team at LaunchX will provide need-based financial support to US-based students to make the program financially accessible. Learn more about previous financial need-based support on their website.
If you’re a high school student who is ready to change the world, apply now! It takes all types of entrepreneurial change-makers to come together, so if you’re an innovator, maker, designer, dreamer, explorer, visionary, coder, marketer, or just want to start something real, we want you! Take the first step today and start your application to LaunchX.