Stories. Reflections. Entrepreneurial Thoughts.

LAHS Teen Becomes Entrepreneur at MIT

This article by Elizabeth Barcelos first appeared in the Los Altos Town Crier. While some people spent time this summer trying to find the right pair of sunglasses, Justin Yu, a senior at Los Altos High School, started his own... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Make Your Time at MIT Launch More Time & Cost Efficient

This article is by Launch alum Makenna Turner. MIT Launch gave me the chance to be independent in aspects of  my life I’d not put much thought into prior—things like meal planning, transportation, and managing my own spending, to name... Continue Reading →

Checklist for Starting an Entrepreneurship Club in Your High School

Tomorrow is your last chance to apply to bring Launch Clubs entrepreneurship club to your high school this year. Whether you're starting your school's first Launch Club this you're trying to make this year even better than the last, you can... Continue Reading →

Entrepreneurial Advice from Ted Chan, CEO at CareDash

This article was written by Ted Chan, CEO of CareDash. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel of entrepreneurs at MIT Launch’s summer entrepreneurship program. I couldn’t have dreamed of something I would have wanted to do... Continue Reading →

How Adaptability Can Help You Navigate the Raging Entrepreneurial River

This article is by Omar Shareef, summer program alum and cofounder of VirTune. How does a check-in service become one of the foremost social media platforms of our time? How does a baking soda salesman decide to turn his company... Continue Reading →

How to Host a Launch Clubs Blastoff Event

The best way to get your classmates excited about entrepreneurship is to host a Launch Club Blastoff event at your high school. Follow these guidelines to recruit new club members and to host a successful kickoff: WHAT IS BLASTOFF? Blastoff—on... Continue Reading →

4 Tips to Get Started as a High School Entrepreneur

This article is by MIT Launch alumna and cofounder of ConnectMe, Jane Zhang. A year ago, I had no idea what the word “entrepreneurship” meant. Last week, I finished the MIT Launch summer program and am currently working on my... Continue Reading →

My MIT Launch story — An Unlikely Entrepreneur Is Born

This article by Prianka Subrahmanyam originally appeared on Medium. A small introduction to myself — in the summer of 2016, I attended a summer program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called MIT Launch. Launch is unique in that, rather than creating a... Continue Reading →

These 8 Questions Will Test if You Have the Mindset to be an Entrepreneur

This article by Founder Laurie Stach first appeared on I have come to realize that the key differentiator between a successful startup and an unsuccessful one is mindset. This isn’t to say all entrepreneurs must think exactly alike (we... Continue Reading →

Calling All Teenage Girls and POCs! Here’s Why You Should Pursue Your Passion for STEM

This article is by Wendy Ho, incoming freshman at Princeton University and marketing intern at MIT Launch. Never have I felt more behind than when I first started learning how to code. When I went to hackathons or coding competitions... Continue Reading →

3 Top Tips to Help You Win a Business Pitch Competition as a High Schooler

This article was written by Vinaik Gautam, cofounder of Chargo and MIT Launch alum. I cannot believe that it has almost been one year since I attended Launch. The program has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences... Continue Reading →

North Peace Student off to Prestigious MIT Launch

This article originally appeared on Alaska Highway News. What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question few high school students have the answer to. But North Peace Secondary Student Jessica Telizyn knows exactly what she... Continue Reading →

Young Entrepreneur Changes the Face of Tech in Memphis

This article by Rachel Warren originally appeared on Higher Ground News. Why wait for business school? MIT trains Memphis high school students in launching their own businesses before they even get to college. Divya Pinnaka, a Germantown High School rising... Continue Reading →

How will I choose the best business idea for my Launch startup?

We get a lot of questions about the idea generation process in our summer teen entrepreneurship program. Students come to our summer program eager to start their own companies, so they're often wondering what their company and product will be—how will... Continue Reading →

I was declined from Launch. Should I apply again next year?

If you applied to Launch's high school entrepreneurship program for summer 2017 and were not admitted, there's still hope! Here are two reasons why you should be excited and your chances of admittance will be higher when you apply again... Continue Reading →

Launch Admissions Committee Reviews – Demystified

At Launch, we look for a bit different criteria than you might be used to from your school, extracurricular activities, and parents.  We have high expectations for the students of this program, which means that we have high expectations of... Continue Reading →

Recap of Financial Need for Summer 2017

You need not let the price of the program deter you from applying!  The goal of Launch is to inspire young entrepreneurs, regardless of their personal or family situations.  We have covered this topic before for summer 2015 and 2016,... Continue Reading →

Launch Summer Admissions Stats 2017

Congratulations again to all those accepted to MIT Launch Summer 2017!  To give you a bit better idea of the class profile, here are a few stats on our admitted class. Our admission rate this year is about 12%  

Making the Right Decision: International Student Edition

Today's post is brought to you by Launch Alum, Tak-Ho Lee. Summer programs are important. They teach you valuable skills you can’t exactly learn in school; they create long-lasting relationships; they introduce you to people all around the world with... Continue Reading →

Why I Chose to Learn Entrepreneurship at MIT Launch (and Why You Should Too)

Today's post is brought to you by Launch Alum, Sean Ojha.  My name is Sean Ojha, and I’m a Launch ’16 alum. MIT Launch gave me the most immersive entrepreneurial experience of my entire life, endowed me with a powerful... Continue Reading →

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