we help high school students
We are a 4-week entrepreneurship summer program held at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
30-40 high school students will become entrepreneurs in each of two programs during the summer of 2014.
Laurie is the founder and executive director of Launch. She graduated from MIT, worked in design and innovation at BMW Designworks prior to her MBA at Harvard Business School, and is a consultant at Boston Consulting Group.
Han served as Chief of Curriculum and continues to provide strategic and operational support. She graduated from University of Chicago, has worked at startups and at Boston Consulting Group. She currently works in business operations at LinkedIn.
Nate is an instructor at Launch. He is a Vanderbilt graduate, Premier Tutor and Master Trainer of The Princeton Review, and Cum Laude MBA graduate of Notre Dame. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young.
We are joined by an incredible team of strategic advisors and partners that make the program possible. These include:
Marty Culpepper – sponsor of Launch, MIT professor of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Director of MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
Paul Stoltz – strategic advisor and speaker at Launch, founder and CEO of PEAK Learning
Bill Aulet – strategic advisor of Launch, director of MIT Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship
Noam Wasserman – strategic advisor of Launch, HBS professor and writer of Founders Dilemma
YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Council) – mentorship support for Launch
A 4-week entrepreneurship summer program for high school students
Our entrepreneurs will start a company in teams, pitching to a panel of judges and investors at the end of the summer. Classes are taught by MIT and Harvard Business School alumni, successful entrepreneurs, and professors from top tier schools. Teams are also given a network of mentors with a wealth of business and entrepreneurship experience to help guide and support them during the startup process. The curriculum includes three types of sessions:
- Working Styles
- Leading Teams
- Idea Generation
- Product Market Fit
- Customer Development
- Testing and Prototyping
- Pitching to Investors
- Startup Visits
The program is held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Estimated cost for the program is $5,290, including tuition, housing, and activities for the duration of the program.
A limited number of need based scholarships will be available.
NEW! Discover more about the 2013 summer program experience through our blog
that chronicles some of the class experiences,
students’ lives, businesses, and other adventures along the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions
for more details on the application and admissions process, curriculum, and summer logistics.