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Launch Freshman Sobral Start Up Winner

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a company in 54 hours? Launch High School freshman, William Sobral, wonders no more thanks to Startup Weekend Colorado Springs. Last weekend Entrepreneurs gathered to work on ideas and, over the course of the weekend, matured those ideas into viable businesses. A variety of business developers, programmers, designers and other enthusiasts formed six teams that worked tirelessly through the weekend to develop business models that they pitched to a panel of judges two days later. Our Launch High School student teamed up with a few Lockheed Martin folks: an engineer, a systems analyst and a commercial real estate developer.  William was, needless to say, the youngest entrepreneur on the team.

The weekend culminated with finalists’ presentations in front of a panel of judges with another opportunity for critical feedback and a selection of the overall best team. Judging criteria were lumped into 3 primary categories: validation, execution and business model design. The teams were given 5 minutes each to deliver their pitch, followed by another 3 minutes of question-and-answer time with the judges. During his team’s presentation and including the judges’ Q&A afterwards, the team deferred to William to answer almost all of the scientific/logistical questions.  He was not just a team member. He was responsible for much of the “how to” behind the team’s pitch.

 

William’s team won FIRST place! At the event finale, Courtenay Sobral, William’s mother was approached by Start Up Weekend coaches, judges and his team leader and told repeatedly William is a “prodigy.” What William learned – and the contacts he made last weekend are much more important than the $1,000 prize package or notoriety received. Sobral’s team also won at the UCCS pitch night and his team is now preparing their team pitch for official entry into the Regional Start Up competition.

In the first two years of Launch’s existence, our students have participated, placed and gone on to Denver’s regional competition. Congratulations, William Sobral, and all of our Launch High School Start Up winners!

Launch High School, Colorado Springs, Future Leaders

Now Accepting Applications

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Are you interested in attending Launch High School or know someone who might be??

Launch High School is now accepting applications for enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure your son or daughter have the opportunity to choose the most innovate education program in the area. To reserve your place at Launch complete a short Letter of Intent to Enroll . We will contact you shortly thereafter about next steps.

Loyal Coffee, Tyler Hill, Launch High School

Loyal Coffee + Virtual Mentor

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Virtual Mentor is a digital platform for teaching and promoting discussion on youth and local entrepreneurship built and maintained by Launch students. Check out Isaac Wright’s recent interview with Colorado Springs entrepreneur Tyler Hill, one of the founders or Loyal Coffee. They discuss the spirit of entrepreneurship, building a business, serving others, and designing a delightful experience for customers.

Loyal Coffee is a unique barista-owned coffee shop located in downtown Colorado Springs. The specialty coffee shop is dedicated to creating a full five senses experience for guests through a beautiful space to work, relax, and connect with others.

Welcome to Launch High School in Colorado Springs

Interim Principal Appointed

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Launch has appointed Ms. Heather Fubelli as its Interim Principal. Prior to this appointment Heather served as Personal Learning Coach and Dean of Students for Launch High School. She will continue to fill much of those roles as she assumes the duties of Principal. Ms. Fubelli will be acting Principal for the remainder of the academic year. She is an accomplished teacher and administrator and her experience at Launch and other schools will ensure a seamless transition. Congratulations, Ms. Fubelli!