LAUNCHLAB

A free virtual experience empowering Chicago high school students to build and launch their own online businesses.

Applications for our next cycle are due by September 27. Click the button below to learn more and apply today!




FOR CHICAGO STUDENTS

OPEN TO JUNIORS & SENIORS

OCTOBER 11 - DECEMBER 17

12-WEEK VIRTUAL PROGRAM

WE COVER YOUR STARTUP EXPENSES*




TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A REALITY

Turning your idea into a real business is tough, especially when you don’t know where to start. During this three-month experience, Future Founders will show you what it takes to operate an e-commerce store, and help you get your business off the ground.




ENTREPRENEURS ARE DREAMERS DOERS GAME-CHANGERS INNOVATORS CREATORS DISRUPTORS PEOPLE LIKE US PEOPLE LIKE YOU

LEARN THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

Kickstart your entrepreneurial journey through LaunchPad, a three-month workshop where you will learn what it takes to operate an e-commerce business by designing, marketing, and selling custom products on a professional platform.

  • Fun & Engaging Environment
    Learn while completing fun group projects and activities

  • Entrepreneur Led
    Instructors are all seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders

  • Virtual Program
    LaunchLab is a 100% virtual program, so you can participate from anywhere

  • Relevant Content
    Program workshops focused on skills you need to start your business

  • Expands Social Capital
    Connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across Chicago

  • Builds Network
    Make meaningful connections with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Businesses Expenses Covered
    Future Founders will cover up to three months of expenses for your business*

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Future Founders will provide LaunchPad students with mentorship, skill development, and financial support to cover up to three months of business expenses. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to secure additional seed funding in order to take their business to the next level.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Future Founders will provide LaunchPad students with mentorship, skill development, and financial support to cover up to three months of business expenses. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to secure additional seed funding in order to take their business to the next level.

  • Expands Social Capital
    Connect with inspiring, hardworking peers from across Chicago

  • Builds Network
    Make meaningful connections with top entrepreneurs and tech leaders

  • Career Exposure
    Learn about new career paths and opportunities

  • Businesses Expenses Covered
    Future Founders will cover up to three months of expenses for your business*

Open to Youth Across Chicago

Future Founders works with schools and students all across Chicagoland. To participate in LaunchPad, you must currently be enrolled as a Junior or Senior at a Chicago Public High School or Chicago Charter School.

 

 

What are the program dates?

Future Founders LaunchPad runs from October 11 – December 17, 2021.

*What startup expenses does Future Founders cover?

Future Founders will directly cover up to three months of business expenses for your startup. The stipend is based on attendance and active participation, and will be discussed in more detail on the first day of the program.

What is the program commitment?

Participants in LaunchPad must commit to weekly sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as two Saturday afternoons each month.

Who is eligible to apply?

To participate in Future Founders LaunchPad, you must currently be enrolled as a Junior or Senior at a Chicago Public High School or Chicago Charter School.


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