Learn more about the history and timeline of the founding of LaunchX Clubs.
Founder Laurie Stach recalled her frustration as a young girl when adults told her she’d do great things someday. At the same time, she had felt underprepared with the skills to succeed in her career. She’d always had the passion and drive to create real impact—what she’d lacked as a young student was the tools, resources, and confidence to do it. Suddenly, Laurie knew she had to pursue this mission.
Laurie prepared to run the pilot summer of LaunchX at her alma mater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her first summer, she was able to accept only 15% of the 210 student applications, validating that there was a real need here. Yes—this program was something that ambitious high school students wanted.
Our students were inspired and energized by entrepreneurship and began bringing LaunchX curriculum back to their own high schools to start entrepreneurship clubs. Upon seeing this demand, we began to support these clubs with curricular resources and mentorship, and LaunchX Clubs was born.
We want to make entrepreneurship education available to even more high school students, so we established the LaunchX Clubs program as its own non-profit entity to allow for greater reach and support.