We empower high school students to build scalable startups.

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Leangap helps high school students become real-life entrepreneurs.

Leangap is an immersive startup incubator that empowers high school students to build their own scalable companies and non-profits. During one summer, Leangap helps students develop their ideas from concept to launch, with real customers and users.

Only 2 spots left as of today.

COVID-19:
In light of worldwide events and in the interest of our students' safety, Leangap has made the decision to host our summer program online! Leangap Online will bring our renowned student experience and community directly to the safety and comfort of your home.

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Summer 2020
Applications for Summer ’20 closing today!

Applications are closed.
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Thank you everyone for your interest in the Online Program 2020! We had over 1,500 applications from more than 20 countries.

Sign up here to get an advanced notice when we open applications for the Summer of 2021.

Leangap is the most effective and useful program I’ve ever done in my life. Being a CEO at 16 years old has given me an extraordinary advantage over my peers.
Hatikvah Robles, 16
Leangap Class of 2019
 

Hatikvah came to Leangap to create a non-profit that gives everyone a fighting chance at education, by providing low-income families access to tutoring. She's currently working on opening a lifestyle business to get Mexican culture out there and represent the community she's so passionate about.

Start a real company in just one summer.

While the vast majority of entrepreneurship programs for high school students only talk about ideas and validation, we take it one step further. We believe that only by building and selling can students truly learn the core fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

PHASE ONE
validation

During the first week, student entrepreneurs will pitch ideas, form teams, validate business models, and create the first proof of concept of their products or services.

Yes, all of that in just the first week!

PHASE two
CREATION

Teams will then create a minimum viable product with the guidance of our mentors and network.

They will then beta test with real customers and come back to the drawing board with their new learnings.

PHASE THREE
TRACTION

The ability to generate traction is what separates real startups from "projects". As soon as that first dollar hits your account, you have a company.

With the support of our mentors, students will get sales as soon as humanly possible.

PHASE FOUR
PITCHING

On the last week, students will demo and pitch their company to a judging panel formed by investors, CEOs, technologists, and more.

Companies will be judged based on product-market fit, market size, traction, and pitching.

Be 1 of the 40 that make it into the program

Every year, 1000+ highschoolers apply to Leangap with the wish of meeting and teaming up with like-minded geniuses and unleashing their inner Steve Jobs. But did you know that only 40 make it to our program? Apply today to get one spot for you!

"Students from China, Europe, Canada, California and Texas are all vying for spots in the program."
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I hesitated between Leangap and the Babson Summer Study. I went with Leangap because they promised me one thing: I would be able to start a company and be an entrepreneur. On the day we made our first sale, Leangap delivered on its promise.
— Taiki Honda, 17
Leangap Class of 2017

Currently a Bioengineering student at Northeastern University, Taiki's interests lie in entrepreneurship and the startup community. He interned at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, one of the top accelerators on the East Coast.

Our mentors are entrepreneurs and technologists, not professors.

Having real entrepreneurs and technologists is the secret sauce to the world's leading teen entrepreneurship program. We invite only the brightest to Leangap, and that applies to mentors as well. Meet successful CEOs, TED speakers, startup founders, software engineers, marketers, and more. We have a 4:1 student to staff ratio.

Gemma
Busoni

Co-founder at Discovr Labs, Forbes 30 under 30, Thiel Fellow. She has an EdTech background having previously founded an educational nonprofit. Former research associate at CalTech.

Kaeya
Majmundar

While in college, Kaeya got a deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank” with a prototype for her first product, BZbox. She is now the founder of a venture-backed startup disrupting e-commerce.

Sadok
Cervantes

Sadok is considered one of the "Most Innovative Creatives" by FastCompany magazine. Also a TEDx Speaker, he won a Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Innovation.

Oliy
Barrett

Oliy started top.gg at 15, which he has grown to over 6 million monthly users. He continues to develop the platform today and advises multiple companies for tech and investments needs.

Find out more about the rest of our team and mentors in this page.

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San francisco

If the world is cured by next year, we'll meet in person. 🤞🤞

See you Summer 2021!

Leangap helps you grow into the best version of yourself.

Since Leangap started 5 years ago, hundreds of alumni have grown into successful startup founders, venture capitalists, prominent community leaders, outstanding business men and women, brilliant students at Ivy League colleges, remarkable interns at top tech companies, and more.

Leangap Class of 2019
Angela Q., Leangap Class of 2015
82% intern at major tech companies.
65% get admitted to top-rated colleges.
As a teenager I wasn't sure what to study or what to do later in life. Thanks to Leangap I was able to experience the different roles and positions at a company. Now I'm majoring in a career I love, in a school I admire.
— Amal Mulaomerovic, 21
Leangap Class of 2015

Amal has two years of experience in venture capital, from due diligence, market research, and fund management, to fundraising directly from limited partners. In 2017, she was the sole Rising Tide team member based in Seoul, South Korea where she raised a feed-fund from high-impact South Korean investors to co-invest with Rising Tide in Silicon Valley companies.

Our resources support your journey. Our network expands your reach.

Benefit from these resources from our beloved partners when you join Leangap. Make use of our vast network to increase your chances of success.

The leading website builder platform gives Leangap students a 12-month account to kickstart their journey.
Launch with a bang with icons, photos, music, and all the assets that you require from icons8.
Get a .CO or .US domain from GoDaddy for free to launch your startup in no time.
Compete against hundreds of teams for huge cash prizes along with your team.
Increase your chances of acceptance to the Ivy League, Oxford, Cambridge, and more with Crimson Education's help.
The Conrad Challenge is unlike any STEM competition out there. The challenge creates the next generation of entrepreneurs who are going to change the world!.
How the best startups in Silicon Valley get legal paperwork done. Clerky combines ease-of-use with a focus on helping startups get everything done the right way.

Frequently Asked Questions

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For more answered questions, head over to the complete FAQ page.

Only 2 spots left as of today.

COVID-19:
In light of worldwide events and in the interest of our students' safety, Leangap has made the decision to host our summer program online! Leangap Online will bring our renowned student experience and community directly to the safety and comfort of your home.

Apply for
Summer 2020
Applications for Summer ’20 closing today!

Applications are closed.
Register your interest for Summer 2021!

Thank you everyone for your interest in the Online Program 2020! We had over 1,500 applications from more than 20 countries.

Sign up here to get an advanced notice when we open applications for the Summer of 2021.