Launch Generation Summer Programs

Designed for 14-18-year-olds, our programs aim to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders. 

Our overnight programs are maxed at 25 participants and teens attend hands-on sessions on topics such as budgeting and credit, negotiations, prototyping, business structures, and financial models, personal goal setting, branding, resilience, and more. Staff and visiting mentors include entrepreneurs, industry experts, and financial educators.


No two days will be the same - we run sessions in the most engaging ways possible. Expect creative team projects, meaningful but hilarious workshops, leadership challenges, dedicated time to pick the brains of business owners and industry experts, numerous off-site visits, scavenger hunts, culinary business challenges, and participation in afternoons reminiscent of an episode of Shark Tank. 


In addition to workshops and speakers, Teens will work in teams throughout each session to create an original and viable business idea that they pitch on the last day. These presentations will be judged by investors and executives from various industries. 


We encourage autonomy and independence throughout our program while our professional staff works to ensure safety and accountability. 

What the teens have to say...
What the teens have to say...

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Typical Day at Launch Generation 

Programming runs daily from 9 am to 9:00 pm with several hours of free time each day. In addition to scheduled sessions, teens will have ample time to work in their business team groups to complete their final project and are encouraged to go off-site (with a staff member) to research and formulate their business ideas.


The schedule below will give you an idea of general time frames of days held on campus. Most days will include optional free time activities such as kickball, yoga, volleyball, capture the flag, meditation, and/or optional workshops.












Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning session with Launch Generation staff

Interactive workshop with visiting mentor

Lunch in the dining hall or local restaurant

Afternoon session with Launch Generation staff

Group project or visiting speaker

Free time

Dinner in the dining hall

Evening activity or workshop in the Launch Pad (lounge area)

Free time

Room checks


Staff & Mentors

We vet and select a diverse staff for each program to act as role models, catalysts, and educators. Our participant to staff ratio is 5:1 and we employ an eclectic mix of professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all ages and walks of life to inspire and collaborate with this next generation of leaders.

Bios of staff and mentors are finalized one month prior to each program. A sample of current Launch Generation staff, mentors, and advisors are below:

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Whitney Webb

Whitney has been working with teens and young adults since 2012 in the areas of financial, philanthropic, and entrepreneurial education. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations at Independent Means, a private company educating and preparing families for the responsibilities and challenges of wealth transfer. She was the lead trainer with 30+ families and the director of global programs including Camp Start-Up and Fashion and Finance.

Prior to her work in financial education, Whitney was a Kiva Fellow in Kigali, Rwanda where she worked to strengthen partnerships and increase the reach of microfinance through employee training and industry research. Whitney graduated from the University of Florida and began her career with Porter Orlin hedge fund in New York City, where she performed investment research for the managing director, Alex Porter.

She is currently a board member and volunteer business mentor at Youth Interactive, a non-profit teen center in Santa Barbara working to promote leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Whitney is an advisor for the Ruth and Hal Launders charitable trust located in Herndon, Virginia. She has been a speaker and panelist at the FOX Wealth Advisor Forum, Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference, and the Hawaii Tax Institute.

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Counselor - Mentor

Genine Iffla

Genine is a first-year MBA candidate at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on Finance and Innovation Strategy. She serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Austin and is the co-President of the Graduate Women In Business.


Prior to her MBA, Genine was the Director of Events and a Principal Trainer for Independent Means, Inc., a privately held company focused on providing financial and human capital education to families and family offices, financial institutions, and non-profits. She has spearheaded numerous projects developing curriculum and unique programming for the next generation.


Before her work in financial education, Genine lived in Seoul, South Korea for four years. There, she taught ESL to Korean children and worked with Korean executives from large corporations, teaching business communications and global interaction skills.

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Counselor - Mentor

Robin Elander

Robin founded Global Good Impact in 2013 to provide individuals and organizations the skills, tools, and confidence needed to bring their ideas into the world. She is skilled in the art of creating campaigns around causes and helping people do things they might not think they can do. Robin has a decade of experience coaching change makers, coordinating community building projects, and leading interactive workshops for youth and adults. She specializes in helping organizations build new programs and events or in growing existing programs that build stronger communities worldwide. 

Paul Simmons

Counselor - Mentor

Paul Simmons is a former Captain in the British Royal Marines. He served most recently as the lead programme manager responsible for the design and coordination of a multifaceted foreign deployment in East Africa. Prior to that posting, he led maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and North Indian Ocean.  He was responsible for planning lead and execution of higher intent to intercept non-compliant vessels complicit in piracy, narcotics, and human trafficking. Paul has also led the selection of high-level candidates for the single entry of Officers into the Royal Marines and worked to develop a recruitment strategy, identifying and targeting suitable potential candidates. Paul is a graduate of the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography.



Dagan Kay

Counselor - Mentor

Dagan graduated in 2019 from the University of Portland with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. He's a Stanford University Innovation Fellow, a UP Entrepreneur-scholar and the founder of a small business called Produce Mate. In his free time, you can find him road tripping in his '83 VW Van, riding a skateboard, or backpacking in the wilderness. 



Emma Scheve

Assistant Director

Emma Scheve is a graduate of the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, where she studies history, German and economics. Inspired by a love of travel and the year she spent studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, she hopes to work with companies to facilitate intercultural awareness and global communication. After attending an entrepreneurship program, Camp Start-Up in 2014 and mentoring teens as a Junior Counselor in 2015 in Oxford, UK, she is excited to work with Launch Generation as the Assistant Director in 2019. 

Visiting Mentors and Speakers

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Oscar McBride is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he was a four-year football letter winner. After playing in the NFL, Oscar received a Master’s degree in Coaching, Athletic Administration and Exercise Science from Concordia University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership. Founder of McBride Consulting.


A published author, Oscar released “Relentless Wisdom” which takes an objective yet satirical look at a sport as it impacts the cognitive and social development of today’s youth.


Oscar is a member of the National Positive Coaching Alliance, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the American Football Coaches Association, World Class Speakers & Entertainers Bureau, Denver Speakers Bureau, the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Orange County, the Notre Dame Monogram Club and the NFL Alumni Association

Ted Zoller

Checklist to Starting a Business

Ted has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina. He also oversees Launch Chapel Hill, a venture lab that supports university businesses that are moving to the marketplace.


Ted was previously the president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the largest independent, professional academic association in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. He collaborates with leading venture accelerators in Europe, including the Accelerace program at the Symbion Research Park in Denmark. He has taught and consulted with numerous entrepreneurial ventures and is an active, practicing entrepreneur.


He founded CommonWeal Ventures, a venture advisory, and analytics firm, and is a small business owner. He serves on the boards of Idea Fund Partners, Rex Health Ventures, Southeast TechInventures; the executive committee of Council of Entrepreneurial Development; and the national board of the Specialist People Foundation.

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Arun Kumar

Ethics & Stakeholders

My name is Arun Kumar and I currently live in San Diego, CA. I am a passionate advocate of sustainability, renewable energy and ethical value-based education. Currently I am an adjunct faculty teaching LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards, Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Analysis, Risk Management, Sustainability Ethics, and Strategic Energy Management courses at National University in San Diego, CA.


In addition, I do consulting work with governments, utilities, corporations and individuals to adopt and engage in sustainable activities to improve their bottom line leveraging  deep knowledge in technology, sustainability, renewable energy and related fields, coupled with my ability to transfer knowledge by developing compelling content.


I am an Entrepreneur in Residence at CONNECT Springboard in San Diego, where I mentor startup companies focused on Clean Technology. I am an executive committee member of AID-India (Association for Innovation Development – India) focused on nurturing and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.


I have worked extensively in the semiconductor industry in design, development, and product marketing domains for telecom industry working on copper line, coaxial cable, fiber optics and wireless technologies.  I have worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Rockwell Semiconductors, Applied Micro Circuit Corporation, Entropic Communications, Trango Broadband etc. 


For the past eight years, I have been working in the renewable energy industry along with cofounding GREPI (Global Renewable Energy and Power Inc.) with focus on training the next generation of sustainable energy workforce and development of RE (Renewable Energy) systems and Biofuels for various segments       


I have an MBA from the University of South Florida and a MSEE degree from the University of Oklahoma. I have a Bachelor Engineering degree from Mysore University.

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Cassie Nichols

College Application Guru

Founder of Collegica, Inc. and College Specific LLC, Cassie Nichols has been helping students and their families navigate the college admissions process for over a decade.


She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned NCAA All-American and Academic All-American awards as captain of Princeton’s water polo team. Upon graduation in 2002, she conducted educational research at Yale University, taught the college essay at Choate Rosemary Hall, and earned a master’s degree in Education from UCSB.


She is the author of The College Essay Trap, which helps students avoid the most common pitfalls of the college application essay."

Chris Follis

Young Entrepreneurship

Chris is a young entrepreneur and tech enthusiast who is a launch Generation alum. Chris started off in the entrepreneur world with an online t-shirt company while also co-running a social media marketing company. After being introduced to blockchain, he has developed a fascination with technology and is involved with two nascent tech companies. 

Missy Bunch

Death of the Desk

Missy and her partner created a health company to teach the sedentary workforce how to eliminate pain, move smarter and live more capably.Through their movement-based workshops, they prepare workers to confidently fight the effects of sedentary environments.  It's the simple,effective way to stay healthier and feel amazing. Missy and Ryan will share the secrets of their start up and lead a workshop on how movement can affect happiness and success. 

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