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About LaunchX Clubs

Our mission is to empower young people to build the future

About Us

LaunchX Clubs gives students the skills and mindset to start real companies.

Our program help students leverage their talents and tenacity to build a viable startup. We’ll train them in the skills and innovative thinking that allow founders to create successful businesses, challenging them to take a real startup from idea to execution and impact.

LaunchX Clubs is registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with a variety of industry collaborators and volunteers to provide our innovative education program.

We believe that high school students are capable of making a real and meaningful impact, now. We won’t stop until students everywhere have the tools they need to take initiative in building the lives and the world they envision.

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Our Story

Learn more about the history and timeline of the founding of LaunchX Clubs.

LaunchX founder Laurie Stach<

2012

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.

2013

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.

Learn more about the summer program here.

2013 LaunchX high school students with Disciplined Entrepreneurship author and Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Bill Aulet<
LaunchX high school entrepreneur brainstorming<

2015

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.

2018

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.

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The LaunchX Clubs Team

Pamela Civins, Assistant Director at LaunchX Clubs<
Experienced director of education non-profit with masters from Harvard Graduate School of Education

Pamela Civins Assistant Director

Natasha Terhorst, Program Manager at LaunchX Clubs<
Experience in program management of non-profits and operational efficiencies

Natasha Terhorst Program Manager

Mariya Masha Utkina, administrative assistant at LaunchX Clubs<
Experience in program planning, assistant teaching, and community organization

Mariya "Masha" Utkina Administrative Support

The LaunchX Clubs Board

Laurie Stach, President at LaunchX Clubs<
Entrepreneur, maker, and instructor with degrees from MIT and HBS

Laurie Stach President

Kelly Hardebeck, Secretary at LaunchX Clubs<
Technology professional passionate about helping nonprofit organizations effectively leverage technology for maximum benefit.

Kelly Hardebeck Secretary

Ben Jen, Treasurer at LaunchX Clubs<
Has been involved in over 16 startups in the capacity of a co-founder/founder, executive, strategist, investor, and mentor.

Ben Jen Treasurer

Alessandra Brown<
Has more than ten years of community outreach and project management experience

Alessandra Brown

Collaborators

LaunchX Clubs works with a variety of complementary programs, sponsors, and university hosts to provide our innovative offering to high school students.  See more on the Donate page.

Quarter Zero logo<

Quarter Zero

Diamond Challenge logo<

Diamond Challenge

Make School logo<

Make School