Offered at four local high schools (The Howard School, Tyner Academy, Brainerd High School, and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy) LAUNCH’s High School Entrepreneurship Program seeks to engage interested and motivated students with a simulated entrepreneurship experience that provides real-world lessons they’ll need to successfully start their own business.

Over the course of a semester, this program immerses students in business fundamentals like market opportunities, innovation, viability, feasibility, and business plan development. Working in teams, and mentored by business leaders, the students pitch their business plans at the end of each semester as part of a regional competition.

The winning team receives financing and business support services to help turn their idea into reality. At the end of the semester, all students have had the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a way that prepares them for the real thing.  These young entrepreneurs are incredibly inspiring!