Life Changing School

Launch a startup.
Become an entrepreneur.
Change your life.

Three times a year, LCS selects the top high school students around the world for our virtual startup incubator and entrepreneurship program, providing them with the education and platform to launch sustainable, impactful startups in just six weeks.

No prior experience required. Run by Cornell University members with years of entrepreneurship experience.

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Fall 2020 guest speakers

Josef Scarantino

Senior Program Manager at Techstars

Scot Tatelman

Co-Founder & GiveBackGuy at STATE Bags & Camp Power

Robert Milner

Entrepeneur, Speaker, and Professor

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Hear from past students

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Jean Turban
LCS '15

Meeting so many successful people who are pursuing their dream has pushed me and motivated me to do the same.

Today, Jean is a masters student at Cornell and the founder and CEO of Titan Analytics.

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Sheryl Chorne
LCS '20

I entered this class with minimal knowledge on how to start a business, let alone come up with an idea or product to pursue. Jenna took us through every step of the startup process and always had such a positive attitude.

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Samson Zhang
LCS '20

Every class, from human-centered design on day two...to a class about identifying and chasing personal strengths, to the final classes about marketing and funding, gave another glimpse into what entrepreneurship is like and how successful entrepreneurs think.

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Ana Sofia
LCS '18

Now I have a lot of people that can help me out with anything I need. Having all this people around me just make me realize how much I’m going to miss them.

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Jake Wang
LCS '18

The things I found most valuable this summer would have to be all the pitching activities and ice breakers, as it was a great way to boost my confidence. I am also grateful for meeting all of you!

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David Schooler
LCS '18

Networking opportunities were amazing and valuable to helping us expand our knowledge and meet different types of people.

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Aarushi Singh
LCS '18

The one thing that I found the most valuable was on how to start a business, I never had any experience on how to do this but I learned a lot from this program and now I know how to.

Headshot of Lorena Melisa Uysal, LCS '15
Lorena Melisa Uysal
LCS '15

Every person you meet can help you and is open to help you, which is something I really appreciate. You give something and you get something back.

Headshot of Khamin Nathabheem, LCS '15
Khamin Nathabheem
LCS '15

My favorite part is seeing what good team dynamics looks like. I have been a part of many other teams and the teams are not always ideal. But here it’s perfect.

October 2020 Session

Applications to the Fall 2020 session of LCS are now closed. We will have sessions in the spring and winter.

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Gain the experience you need to succeed in college and beyond

Put yourself ahead of the competition by building world-class leadership, communication, and design skills. Work on something you're truly passionate about, and make a real impact. Learn from one-on-one mentorship with Cornell University members and top serial entrepreneurs.

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Photo from a 2015 session of Life Changing School

Launch a startup in six weeks

We'll use no-code tools and teach you the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship and startups, from customer discovery to getting funding. Create a business plan, build an MVP, and launch a real startup using the Lean startup methodology in only 6 weeks.

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Access an elite entrepreneurship network

Get lifetime access to StartupTree, the fastest-growing network for entrepreneurship students. Access mentorship, competitions, jobs, and even funding from a network of 200,000+ entrepreneurs, with alumni from Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and 100+ other institutions.

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Rigorous curriculum

Learn everything you need to know about the eship process, from customer discovery to getting funding.

Launch a real company

Create a business plan, build an MVP, and launch a real startup using the Lean startup methodology.

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Premier network

Network with top entrepreneurs and students at weekly workshops and on StartupTree.

Live lessons and workshops

Work with peers, instructors, and guest experts in live Zoom sessions.

1-on-1 mentorship

You'll be directly supported by a personal mentor as you learn and build your business.

No prior experience required

We'll use no-code tools and teach you everything you need to know.


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Training high schoolers to become the next generation of entrepreneurs

The virtual Life Changing School Program is run by an incredible team of Cornell University members who have 12+ years of experience with launching ventures and guiding entrepreneurs. Our experienced Cornell members will build the same strong, life changing virtual summer program for our students.

October 2020 Session

Applications to the Fall 2020 session of LCS are now closed. We will have sessions in the spring and winter.

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What's in the course

Week 1

The updated online curriculum includes:

  • Foundational thinking in lean entrepreneurship
  • Basics of social entrepreneurship
  • Tenets of best design practice
  • The Lean Model Canvas
  • How to conduct customer interviews

Week 2

  • Lean startup process and the importance of failing fast
  • Building a Minimum Viable Product and creating a Demo
  • Marketing, Branding, and Selling
  • Raising startup capital
  • Pitching

Week 3

  • Begin independent customer discovery
  • Validate the problem
  • Connect with mentors
  • Attend Q&As with elite social entrepreneurs

Week 4

  • Begin building a no-code Minimum Viable Product
  • Iterate and understand the Build, Measure, Learn feedback loop
  • Validate the idea and continue customer interviews
  • Complete the Lean Model Canvas
  • Continue to work with mentors and attend guest speaker Q&As

Week 5

  • Research competitor analysis
  • Explore funding streams
  • Continue to work with mentors
  • Update the Lean Model Canvas
  • Continue customer interviews

Week 6

  • Build Pitch Deck
  • Create a no-code app demo
  • Build the final product and begin marketing it
  • Continue to work with mentors and attend guest speaker Q&As
  • Pitch to a team of expert judges

FAQs

What are you looking for in your applicants?

The admissions team is looking for talented, highly-motivated students who are interested in attending the program because they have a passion for learning and problem-solving and wish to enrich their knowledge of programming and entrepreneurship to solve real world problems.

I am a senior. Can I still participate this summer?

Yes, you can still qualify and participate the summer between your high school and college.

When will I be notified of an admission decision?

It normally takes two to three weeks to receive a decision after all application materials have been received.

Will participating in this program help me get into Cornell University?

Like any exceptional, extracurricular activity, participation in this summer program can help you present yourself as a strong candidate in your college applications. Further, you can potentially submit a copy of the evaluation letter you receive from your instructors upon completion of the program as a supplement to your college application.

Where are classes held?

Classes and workshops are held online, you can watch the courses from the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world.

Who teaches the classes?

Classes in over a dozen subjects and workshops are taught and lead by company founders, young professionals and Cornell students with direct entrepreneurial experience and applicable knowledge.

How much do class materials cost?

All your need is a laptop or desktop. All other class materials will be provided to you!


Launch a startup.
Become an entrepreneur.
Change your life.

LCS is a virtual six-week entrepreneurship program and incubator for high school students, no prior experience required. Run by Cornell University members with years of entrepreneurship experience.

October 2020 Session

Applications to the Fall 2020 session of LCS are now closed. We will have sessions in the spring and winter.

Get notified about future sessions
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