The secret sauce to the leading teen entrepreneur program.

We invite only the best and brightest in the world to Leangap, and that applies to staff as well. Meet some of the most respected entrepreneurs, CEOs, TED speakers, Y-Combinator founders, camp counselors, and more. We have a 4:1 student to staff ratio.

We have launched and worked at leading companies in the industry.

Our mentors are real entrepreneurs and technologists, not professors.

We often confuse knowing with doing. Knowing what to do or talking about what you are going to do is not doing it. Planning is important, but execution trumps business lessons. This is why our mentors and instructors are people who have walked the path you're about to embark. This is not a classroom. Leangap is your protocol for the real world.

Here are some of the mentors you'll meet at Leangap:

Sadok
Cervantes

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

Sadok
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
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
Carlos
Alvarez

Currently a Software Engineer at Google, Carlos has led engineering teams at Amazon and Oracle for over 8 years. He is an expert in distributed systems and cloud services.

Carlos
Luis
Orihuela

Luis is a Software Engineer specialized in web development. He is the Lead Developer at Delt.ai, a Y Combinator company. He's fluent in React.js, Node.js, Vue.js, and more.

Luis
Chelly
Fontalvo

Founding an NPO at 19, Chelly has recognitions by TEDx and newspapers as a renowned social leader. Her skills include graphic design, branding, and high-impact social media.

Chelly
Pablo
Paredes

Pablo is the founder of a high-growth creative agency that offers digital marketing, animation, branding, graphic, and web design services worldwide for startups and local brands.

Pablo
Mary
Grabowski

Mary is a 4th year college student majoring in Industrial Engineering and Supply Chain Management within an honors entrepreneurship program with several product launches under her belt.

Mary
Eliza-Jane
Fogg

Eliza-Jane has been a mentor at Leangap since 2018, most recently being our Admissions Director. She is a 3rd year college student studying Marketing and Fashion Merchandising.

Eliza-Jane
Sebas
Salazar

A consultant in paid digital media, Sebastian has worked with luxury car brands and universities such as Arkansas State. He's currently doing a masters in Digital Marketing in Spain.

Sebas
Tommy
Koo

Tommy is a Design Lead at Curai, a healthtech company building a patient-first primary care telemedicine platform. He's worked with Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator companies.

Tommy
The mentors were fantastic, they're easily some of the best people I've met in my life. We still keep in touch, even after the end of the camp. I can truly say that every single mentor is a friend for a lifetime.
— Mehar Poreddy, 15
Leangap Class of 2019

Mehar is a junior at Lawrence Academy, in Massachusetts, USA. He's also the co-founder of OnTracK, a company focusing on improving the productivity and study habits of its users.

Our staff has the highest standards and expertise

Mentors and students are supported by a team of passionate and committed staff members with multiple years of experience as camp counselors, who are always there to bring out the absolute best in you. When you're at Leangap, you're in the safe, capable hands of our staff.

More than staff members, your partners

Our staff is here for you. Each one of our staff members has their own expertise and will be available to help you throughout the day.

Want to get some specific details on career coaching, college, or life in general? Even if it's an existential crisis, don't hesitate to count on our staff. We know that success takes time and that mistakes are only part of the process.

Rigorous vetting process

We get the best of our students, and we owe our students the best of us! That's why not only do we have exceptional mentors, but we also gather the best staff.

  • Key staff members are certified in Cardiovascular Life Support (CPR and emergencies) by the American Heart Association.
  • Background and reference checks.
  • Adult-age mentors with relevant experience.

Join Leangap® '23 early summer or late summer, 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 seats in both programs. Apply now!

“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 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

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

Shubh K., Leangap Class of 2019

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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