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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 at What If Festival

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Because Launch will be at the What If Festival this weekend, our Saturday morning Information Meeting at the school has been canceled. We will be at booth 93 on the North side of the Pioneers Museum having fun with Sales Contests, Splashes of Color, and Synchronous Chess. Come and try your hand at creative selling. Add to a community art creation. Play a chess champ who plays up to TEN opponents at once! Come and spend the day playing, discovering, learning, and connecting to new ideas, people, and experiences!

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.

Launch High School, Students Working Together

January is Open Enrollment Month

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This month is your best chance to ensure enrollment at Launch High School! The Open Enrollment period is during the month of January and represents a guaranteed spot in our enrollment lottery should there be a need for one. Complete and submit the form at http://launchhigh.org/parent-contact/ to hold your place at Launch.

Information meetings are being held at the school (3115 Larkspur Drive 80907) at 5:30 pm on the following dates:

Thursday, January 12th

Wednesday, January 18th

Tuesday January 24th and 

Tuesday January 31st

 

This is your chance to see the school and learn more about the truly innovative learning programs at Launch High School. We hope to see you there!