Become a startup founder before college

Applications for the Online and San Francisco summer programs are open!

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Program locations for Leangap® '24

San Francisco

last seats! 🔥

Hosted at UC Berkeley
Start date:
July 15, 2024
end date:
August 9, 2024
 
duration:
4 weeks
schedule:
Full time in-person program in San Francisco, hosted at UC Berkeley.

Join experienced entrepreneurs and ambitious teenagers from all over the world in the Silicon Valley tech scene while experiencing campus life.

🎓 Curriculum taught by experienced entrepreneurs

🏠 Housing in San Francisco

🏫 Classes in a college campus

🎉 Group recreational activities in San Francisco

🚗 Airport pick-up and drop-off

🍽️ All meals, including vegetarian options

Online

last seats! 🔥

Join from anywhere
Start date:
June 17, 2024
end date:
July 12, 2024
 
duration:
4 weeks (with 2 weeks of early prep)
schedule:
Classes 8:00am to 11:00am PST. Teamwork on your schedule.

Are you looking for a way to get into the startup world? You are no longer alone in this journey. Join us from anywhere!

🎓 Curriculum taught by experienced entrepreneurs

🤝 Mentorship by entrepreneurs in all timezones

🎉 Group recreational activities

👥 Join from anywhere

🌍 Internationally renowned speakers

⏰ Flexible schedule

Leangap® provides the highest impact opportunity for teenagers.

Leangap® turns ambitious teenagers like you into startup founders.

Our programs help you launch an impactful startup with the guidance of mentors who have launched startups themselves. With Leangap you'll acquire real customers and engage with genuine investors, away from a classroom setting, empowering you to be a true leader. Come meet your future co-founders and launch your first of many companies!

For 9 years now, whether online...

...or in person...

...Leangap has transformed teenagers like you into leaders outside the classroom.

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Giving canned lectures to accommodate a large number of students is the go-to option for many programs. We are the only program that takes a 1-on-1 approach for each student to see them succeed in the real world, not on power-point slides.

Recently, Leangap Entrepreneurs achieved:

+$31,400USD
in generated revenue
2,184
Registered Customers
1.5M
Total Audience Reach
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.
five star review
— 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.

"...students from Asia, Europe, Canada, California, and Texas are all vying for spots in the program."

With Leangap® you grow into the best version of yourself.

The Leangap Experience is one of the most impactful things you can do as a teenager — starting and launching your own company. This does not go unnoticed by College Admission Officers, Recruiters, Scholarships Officials, Companies, etc.

Since Leangap started 9 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.

You learn from real entrepreneurs and technologists, not professors.

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. No school teachers or college interns here.

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.

Gemma
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.

Kaeya
Sadok
Cervantes

Sadok is a TEDx speaker and one of FastCompany Magazine's "Most Innovative People". He also received the Best Mobile Innovation award at the Mobile World Congress.

Sadok
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 investment needs.

Oliy

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

I was concerned about attending a ‘virtual’ summer program, but my experience at Leangap was extremely rigorous and real. It transformed me into an adaptable and resilient leader. I was never so productive at home, working with teammates from over three countries.
five star review
— Lindsey Lee, 17
Leangap Class of 2020

Lindsey was announced as a finalist in Conrad Challenge, one of the most prominent entrepreneurship competitions. Currently a Junior at Saigon South International School, she's leading Elevate the Future Chapter Vietnam, a non-profit organization providing business and computer science education to young learners.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Join Leangap® '24 online or in-person, you choose.

Leangap® Online brings the startup experience to your home anywhere in the world. Leangap® San Francisco puts you in the middle of Silicon Valley. Limited to 40 seats for each program. Apply now!

“The mentors are easily some of the best people I've met in my life. We still keep in touch, and they still look out for us.”

Devesh P., Leangap Class of 2018

“One time, one of the mentors stayed up the entire night to help me code and build our prototype. Talk about commitment.”

Vish N., Leangap Class of 2017

“I can't believe how we created a real tangible product that impacted very real people in the world in just a couple of weeks.”

Amelie G., Leangap Class of 2020

“I made lots of new friends. I know these friends will stay for life and the lessons will help me in the future to create my own business.”

Christie N., Leangap Class of 2018

“Leangap changes your life, not just your summer. What I created and experienced at Leangap played a big part to being admitted to Harvard.”

Aryan S., Leangap Class of 2021

“I was pushed above and beyond my limit and gave more than I thought I had in my arsenal for the sake of the company and my team.”

Andrew C., Leangap Class of 2017

“I've developed an invaluable network with entrepreneurs and executives that will set any kind of person up for success!”

Hannah Z., Leangap Class of 2018

“I learned things that I only could by actually building a business, stuff I wouldn't learn by attending 'entrepreneurship' classes”.

Sarah J., Leangap Class of 2018

“I came home with the start of a movement, incredible friends, and the knowledge/backing of an invaluable network of entrepreneurs.”

Swapnanil G., Leangap Class of 2015
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