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LaunchX Clubs: Midwest Regional Demo Day

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)

LaunchX Clubs: Midwest Regional Demo Day

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Official LaunchX Team- Pitch Registration   more info Ended Free   Add to Waitlist
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LaunchX Clubs Midwest Regional Demo Day is an event hosted by teen entrepreneurs, for teen entrepreneurs.LaunchX Clubs Midwest Regional Demo Day is an event hosted by teen entrepreneurs, for teen entrepreneurs.

Demo Day is a event to celebrate the progress of high school startup founders, while providing these entrepreneurs with support to continue to grow their businesses. Students in the LaunchX Clubs program have  been building their companies since September, conducting market research, prototyping, seeking feedback, iterating, selling, and building their business operations. Demo Day is an opportunity for these innovative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come together from across the midwest to showcase their progress and build connections with like-minded entrepreneurs. We are excited to welcome teams from around the region who will present their ventures within our year's theme of environmental sustainability to a group of experienced professionals from the local business and entrepreneurship ecosystem. 


This event is hosted by Divya Pinnaka of Germantown High School, student regional director for the LaunchX Clubs Midwest Chapter. More details on the event will be provided to registrants at the end of January.  Below is the rough outline for the event. 

  • 8:00 - 8:45am: team check-in, coffee and snacks available
  • 9:00 - 9:15am: opening
  • 9:15 - 10:15am: pitches (set 1) 
  • 10:15 - 10:30am: break 
  • 10:30 - 11:30am: pitches (set 2) 
  • 11:30am - 12:45pm: lunch and networking
  • 12:45 - 1:45pm: closing talk and finalist announced


  • Do I register as a school, team, or individual?  You register as a TEAM.  If you are an active LaunchX member (you have been working with your team and actively participating in our program for the 17-18 school year), you will sign up as an Official LaunchX Team.  Please designate one member of your team to submit the form for your team.  You need to sign up PER TEAM not per school.  Please indicate the names and e-mail addresses of each team member attending when signing up. 

  • How can my team prepare? Let your mentor/faculty adviser know that you are attending and the date of your event, that way you can work together in being prepared to pitch in front of the board of advisers.  If you have any other questions about the regional or finalist event, check out this blog post.

  • How long will each team have?  Teams will have up to 5 minutes to pitch (the same amount of time as their pitch submission on the platform) plus 3 minutes of Q&A from judges 

  • Can guests attend? Yes, absolutely!  If you are an educator, parent, brother/sister, boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend and are planning on attending the event, please sign up for a general admissions ticket.  We encourage you to invite all of your friends and family members, audience support is encouaged and fun quizzes/games will be played during intermissions.  

  • By when do we need to register? Registrations are suggested by January 31 so that we may plan enough support for each regional hub.  Official LaunchX team registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to the event, so that we may ensure proper logistical support of participating teams.  No exceptions.


Jim Nelson - CEO Red Wave Energy - Mr. Nelson is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in business development, distribution and strategic relationships in startups as well as in fortune 500 companies.

Keig Kawaji - Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) - Illinois Institute of Technology - Keig, known by his students as Dr. K, is an educator, inventor, and a scientist. He directs the MRTD Laboratory ( that bridges between engineering and medicine, and is fully committed to the development of future critical thinkers and problem-solvers in the field of science, engineering, and business.

Evan Karambelas- Finance, Invenergy

mHub Chicago:

mHUB is Chicago's first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. We are so  excited to host our event at mHUB, inspiring students to take advantage of local maker spaces! 

mHub Chicago — Demo Day for teen entrepreneurs

mHub Chicago interior

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965 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CST)

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LaunchX gives high school students the skills and mindset to start real companies.

Our clubs program expands the reach of high school entrepreneurship to students and schools everywhere. We hand our curriculum off to motivated and forward-thinking teens like you so you can build a startup throughout the school year, supported by our programming, resources, and mentorship.

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