2015 2 Column Inner



How do businesses really work?
What helps organizations - large and small - to lead, innovate, and achieve excellence?
Am I well suited to become an entrepreneur?
What skills do I need to launch my own successful company?

Get answers to these questions and more…

Join us at UC and learn to LAUNCH your own business!

Apply Here


  • Compete in UC’s Shark Tank for $1,000 in cash prizes!*
  • Meet angel investors and venture capitalists!
  • Tackle university-level business case studies!
  • Interact with expert entrepreneurs and national award winning faculty!
  • Tour UC’s award-winning campus!
  • Visit prestigious companies around Cincinnati!

Program includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks all week, and concludes with a graduation banquet for students and parents on the final day of the program!

LAUNCH! is organized by UC’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC) at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. It is a fun and intensive week-long overnight program that  orients high school students to the world of business and enables exploration of Cincinnati's thriving business community and startup ecosystem. LAUNCH! gives students a head start on their university career, and prepares them to enter the world of business. Participants engage in a university level curriculum, enjoy fun interactive exercises and games, tour UC’s main campus and visit companies around Cincinnati, develop and present their business ideas to real entrepreneurs and investors, and compete for cash prizes in UC’s Shark Tank.


High school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply. If you’re bright, ready to have fun, and enjoy a challenge, you’re right for this program! A limited number of spots are available for students from each high school. Each applicant must have a high school teacher, counselor, or administrator endorse their application. This is a prestigious program which will require an average of one hour of preparation/week. Applications will be reviewed and you will receive a decision letter within 3 business days. Fees are due with your application and will be refunded if you are not accepted to the program. There is no application processing fee. Apply today to LAUNCH!


When: LAUNCH is a week-long overnight program that takes place on UC's award-winning campus July 23-27, 2018.

Where: LAUNCH is held at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at UC’s main campus. Students will also visit nearby locations in the Cincinnati business community and startup ecosystem. Details on locations outside of UC will be provided to students and parents in advance.

Fees: The price for the program is $1279**. Registration deadline for this event is June 15, 2018. Space is Limited. Apply Now.


The UC CEC serves UC and the Greater Cincinnati tristate community.  It is affiliated with the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and administers UC’s entrepreneurship program. This program ranks among the top in the nation (Princeton Review, Success Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine). The world’s largest global education network and accreditor (AACSB International) recently honored UC as a top 15 program across 34 countries in its 2017 Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge. We look forward to serving you!


*Amount may vary with student registration.

**All program fees are nonrefundable, but if a student is unable to participate due to health reasons or last minute changes in availability, we will apply your full credit balance toward a future program.