Launch Academy Entrepreneurship, Maryland
In 2015, Opportunity Education began working with a Washington D.C.-based serial entrepreneur to create a pilot version of an entrepreneurship program called Launch Academy. The course is an introduction to principles of entrepreneurship, including problem identification, product design, marketing, finance, and team building. Among these young entrepreneurs was Nebeyou Esayas, then a senior in Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD. As part of Launch Academy, Nebeyou launched his first startup—a website where students could digitally submit to their schools the required forms used to track service learning hours.
Launch Academy was piloted in early 2016 and then ran multiple times from November 2016 to January 2017 at private schools in Maryland and at the Under Armour House in East Baltimore. In May 2018, WorkSource Montgomery—the Montgomery County workforce development agency in Maryland—launched the next iteration of Launch Academy, called Launch Montgomery.