Launchpad Center

Teen Entrepreneurship Programs in Collaboration with UC San Diego's Rady School of Management 


Launchpad inspires teens to innovate and benefit our greater community by creating enduring business ideas, connections, and increasing social mobility.

We introduce high school students to entrepreneurial thinking by utilizing the resources of the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, and our startup community.  This program builds bridges between teens, CEOs, city officials, educators, entrepreneurs, and the university. We aim to match talent with opportunity.

Launchpad endeavors to provide youth entrepreneurship education to every student, and to give those that step forward access to the ecosystem to empower and support them now and in the future. With studies showing as many as 46% of jobs for people 30 years of age and under being in the form of independent contractor roles, the need for the entrepreneurial mindset, skills, competencies, and resilience has never been greater. 

Launchpad was founded in 2016 by Tina Klein, Ph.D.



Upcoming Programs

Startup Summer School 2023 

Business & Entrepreneurship 

Online Immersion

Session 1: June 19-29, 2023

Session 2: July 3-13, 2023

Session 3: July 17 - 27, 2023

Join high school students from around the world who are curious about entrepreneurship. You'll learn a lot, have good fun, and network with amazing startup founders who Zoom in to join us every day!

This virtual two-week course is designed for passionate teen entrepreneurs motivated to explore what it takes to create their own businesses

From developing marketing, research, and leadership skills to mastering entrepreneurial strategy and idea pitching, this course follows UCSD Rady School’s successful approach to commercializing innovation. 

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We are BIG NEWS!

Launchpad Alum Wins International Entrepreneurship Competition

Using skills developed at Launchpad, Brett Kim onboards two classmates to develop Oikku: an app which builds and facilitates inclusive communities for people entering the workforce. 

The team was awarded funding to further develop app by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation.

Check out the full article here!


“The kids were completely off the charts excited about what they accomplished and how empowered they felt to be speaking with “real-life business people." We had a couple breakdowns for some kids that were devastatingly nervous to present, but once they got up there they were all smiles coming to me afterwards telling me that this assignment has done “wonders” for their confidence. The results have been amazing. This event really brought out the adult professional in these kids…it’s going to have an impact for a long time." 

- Parker Bush, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Instructor, San Diego Jewish Academy 

"I recently had the pleasure of serving as one of the judges of a business plan competition among students of Francis Parker School. I actually forgot that I was observing high school students, as their level of preparation, thoughtfulness, creativity and presentation skills were akin to those seeking an MBA. The session made me realize how valuable this type of experience is for young eager minds. I wish I had had this type of early exposure and training while I was in high school. Launchpad is a wonderful resource, and I have no doubt that the experience will benefit these young adults as they approach college and ultimately their careers." 

- Lisa Walters, Hoffert CFO, Daré Bioscience 

“I liked the simulation and the exposure to this field. The simulation proved to test critical thinking problem solving skills within me, and the exposure showed me what a snippet of college would look like.” 

-J., Francis Parker School student 

“I enjoyed the speakers most of all, they provided interesting insight into the world of entrepreneurship and business.” 

-H., Francis Parker School student