For the past 6 weeks, LightHouse Ohio—an organization founded and run by college and high school students—and LaunchHouse have been running the nation's first-ever business accelerator for high school students, LEAP (LightHouse Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program).
LEAP has taken nine teams of high school student startups, selected through a rigorous application process, and given them access to workspace, support, mentors, speakers, and even $600 to develop their businesses. They also have been taught groundbreaking "lean startup" methodology pioneered by Eric Ries and Steve Blank.
LEAP Demo Day marks the culmination of the 6-week student program, during which the nine teams will present their first public pitches to the Cleveland entrepreneurial community. They will also present to a panel of distinguished guests including Bob Shearer of Shearer's Chips, John Dearborn of Jumpstart Inc, and Bill Trainer of Mutual Capital Partners.
The companies include a TV streaming box provider, video game studio, sports drink company, and an alternative clothing label. Several of the companies are already grossing revenue. The 19 participating students represent Solon, Shaker Heights, University School, Hawken and Gilmour.
Dinner will be provided.
The press is invited from 5:30 to 6:15 for exclusive, one-on-one interviews with each of the LEAP startups. Media drop-ins and in-depth profiles of the LEAP program are available prior to Demo Day—for more information, contact Emily Leizman, Director of PR at LightHouse Ohio, at [masked].
RSVP at www.leapdemoday.eventbrite.com!