A Startup Incubator for High School Students

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Catapult is a startup incubator for the world's most promising high school entrepreneurs


What is Catapult?


3 Months

Join a team of other high school students, launch a startup, have a unique entrepreneurial experience unlike any other program.

3 Sessions

Teams gather for three intensives, each in a different startup-focused city. Between sessions, your Strategic Advisors help refine the startup. You are on your way to becoming a young entrepreneur.

1 Demo Day

The Incubator culminates in Demo Day, where Founders pitch the startup to judges in the hopes of gaining valuable feedback, new mentors, and prospective seed-level investments.






THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CATAPULT PARTICIPANTS.

FOUNDERS

Those with an already developed, tested, and/or implemented business venture.

FREE AGENTS

Those who do not have a venture idea in mind, but are interested in entrepreneurship.

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1. Build Your Team & Perfect Your Idea

Session 1 - Chicago
Chicago Innovation Exchange
  • Market Opportunity, Customer Research, Ideation, Minimum Viable Product

2. Business Model & Revenue Experiments

Session 2 - SF / Silicon Valley
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  • Financial Modeling, Competitive Analysis, Version 2 of Your Product

3. Demo Day
Pitch your Startup

Session 3 - New York City
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  • Pitching to Win, Storytelling, Mastering Q&A, Launch

See what Catapult is like

 

BUT DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT.

HERE’S WHAT OUR STUDENTSHAVE TO SAY.

  • Catapult improves your ability to think, communicate, build confidence, and see the world around you in a deeper way. These experiences, in addition to conversing with so many interesting people who share a common passion for greatness and life as a whole, will help you exit Catapult with a passion, a fire within you to do something great.

    Amar, Catapult '15
  • For me, Catapult itself was a form of an MVP to see if I really wanted to be an entrepreneur in the future. It was a low risk way to see if I really enjoyed entrepreneurship or not. Now that the program is over I can say with certainty that living and breathing the startup life is definitely what I want my future to be.

    Shreya, Catapult '15
  • I thought this program was truly inspiring. Catapult has showed me that the stigma that high school students can’t impact the world is false. I am excited about using the resources and tools I gathered here to impact my community in a positive way.

    Zach, Catapult '15
  • Thank you so much for accepting me to this program. I learned waayy more than I thought I would throughout theses months. The connections I made and the people I met were extremely pivotal, and there’s no way I would’ve been able to meet these people outside of Catapult. I also liked how Catapult made us step back and truly evaluate our market—which led to us pivoting. Thanks!!

    Bryce, Catapult '15
  • I’ve learned so much from my Catapult experience and made so many friends I will keep in contact with. Catapult confirmed my love for entrepreneurship and I feel as though I really have a solid foundation to now go out and someday start my very own venture.

    Katie, Catapult '15
  • I think that regardless of one’s intentions and pursuits with entrepreneurship, this is a great experience. To be placed in an atmosphere of creativity and conversation can alter anyone. I think that the connections are the most important part of the program. In addition, being at a college such as the University of Pennsylvania was eye-opening because of exposure to this type of college life.

    Adrian, Catapult '15
  • I believe that anybody that takes part in Catapult will take some valuable piece of knowledge, expertise, connection, and friendship; without a doubt. I have gained confidence as well as business know how and experience that is irreplaceable.

    Peyton, Catapult '15
  • The experience that Catapult provides can’t really be found anywhere else. The combination of learning from real experts, being surrounded by students with all different backgrounds, yet at the same time key similarities (passion, drive, etc)

    Megan, Catapult '15
  • Before these five months I was unsure of what type of business I wanted to get into. However, now I am certain I want to be an entrepreneur. It has provided me with the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the start-up process.

    Daniel, Catapult '14
  • This program gave me a sense of reality and helped me understand that I will not always create a successful business but to never give up and to continue to pursue what I am passionate about.

    Rachel, Catapult '14
  • The Catapult program has solidified my desire to become an entrepreneur.

    Nauman, Catapult '14
  • Catapult gave me a place to be myself and learn from so many intelligent and revolutionary people. Everyone who came and talked with us impacted my life significantly. I am extremely grateful for my time spent here and consider it to be some of the best months of my life! Great, great program.

    Nived, Catapult '14
  • Overall, was a great experience. Being able to work with deadlines, increased my determination and willingness to want to pursue and keep up with everything that we were doing and come up with new ideas etc. Loved the guest speakers, very motivating and presented us with amazing ideas and an amazing outlook on the world of entrepreneurship.

    Sourya, Catapult '14
  • Catapult changed my life. I’m really not saying that to sound sappy; it honestly transformed my perspective on what it takes to start a business

    Tate, Catapult '14

Here’s what a Demo Day pitch looks like

The Catapult Incubator Process

Learn to be an entrepreneur

Session 1 - Chicago

  • Problem
  • Customer
  • Solution

Master Class: Authentic Relationships
Output: Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Session 2 - SF

  • Business Model
  • Market
  • Competition

Master Class: Experiment Fiercely
Output: Product Version 2

Session 3 - NYC

  • Storytelling
  • Pitching
  • Growth Strategy

Master Class: Pitching to Win
Output: Demo Day Pitch and Deck





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You Get Valuable Resources to Launch Your Startup

Catapult provides each venture team with Strategic Partners.

BRANDING: Brand experts help you create a logo, design a pitch deck and create a brand identity.

LEGAL: Law companies specializing in Startups help you incorporate your venture.

STRATEGY: Global consultants help you design a strategy and growth plan.

NETWORKING: Catapult’s network of entrepreneurs, thoughts leaders, and companies link your venture to key partners.

BUSINESS: Learn cutting edge techniques for startup design and business scaling. You can’t a put a price on this.

WE PAIR YOUR TEAM WITH 2 DEDICATED ADVISORS

Graduate students and young professionals from the consulting, tech, and entrepreneurship spaces join Catapult to support your team in meaningful and long-term one-on-one relationships.


Catapult equips every team with two advisors who participate in each session. Advisors also join weekly calls to provide guidance, direct business strategy, and make meaningful professional introductions.

LEARN ABOUT BECOMING AN ADVISOR

You will work with leading companies

Learn how the best companies innovate today

OUR PARTNERS SUPPORT YOUR TEAM IN BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL CONSULTING SESSIONS.

IN ADDITION TO BUILDING VENTURES, OUR STUDENTS GO ON TO ENROLL IN TODAY’S LEADING UNIVERSITIES, WHERE THEY CONTINUE TO DRIVE CHANGEMAKING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

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