Parents

C atapult is not just about launching a startup. It’s about joining a community that will change your life. It’s about teaching you skills and helping you develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will help you dominate problems now and in the future. Catapult is about launching successful entrepreneurs.

-Joshua Caleb Collins, Founder and CEO of Catapult

Why Catapult?

Catapult…

  • invests in the student entrepreneur and knows that a successful startup is a byproduct
  • brings together motivated, like minded peers from all over the world, who all participate for a transformative experience
  • develops a mindset that will allow your student to thrive in an ever-changing world
  • matches excellent business advisors from top companies and business schools with your student
  • provides access to legal and branding support for the duration of the program and we offer these services for free to all our alumni
  • consistently scores above a 9 (out of 10) when surveying our student entrepreneurs before, during, and after the program
  • focuses on soft skills like teamwork, public speaking, leadership, and creative problem solving, as much as concrete process teaching
  • believes in work hard play hard, and though our program is rigorous, our students routinely tell us it’s the most ‘fun’ they’ve ever had.
  • provides your student with a day they will never forget. We call it Demo Day.
  • connects your student with a lifelong network of influencers, shakers, and movers
  • Check out our 5 star Facebook reviews (link)

Catapult is a 360 degree experience that shows your students’ understanding of learning, strategizing, and executing.

Read about some of our outstanding young entrepreneurs

Mohammed answering questions from investors during demo day

Entrepreneur Profiles




Parent's at Demo Day

Parent’s at Demo Day

Parent Session on the 1st weekend

Parent Session on the 1st weekend

Discussion during Parent Session

Discussion during Parent Session




We offer a parent program that parallels your student’s experience

Full Day Parent Workshop

Understand the Catapult experience more completely and have access to the latest research on skills young people need to thrive in an ever-changing world

Parent Happy Hour

Socialize with other parents and Catapult staff

For details please contact the Director of our Parent Program







What Catapult Parents Say About Their Experience

  • Anjali has recently been told that she has a tendency to ask “why” a lot, well past the point that her teachers can answer her questions! We’ve realized that this, in large part, stemmed from her participation in Catapult. The need to question and find reason in practically everything she encounters has become a part of her everyday life – helping her form opinions, make deeper and more analytical connections, and better inform the choices she makes with her venture, Empowered. As the youngest ever founder at Catapult, Anjali was not only equipped with the skills to launch her venture, but also with the mindset and mentality of an entrepreneur. At 13, I cannot think of anything more valuable.

    V Chadha, Parent '16
  • I mostly love and appreciate that this program is respecting and empowering kids and their knowledge and their efforts in being entrepreneurial at a young age.

    T Modoff, Parent '16
  • Catapult is a great organization to give your teen a head start in business, execution and life. The experience will help build a strong foundation that combines learning, teamwork, initiative, creativity, critical thinking and presentation skills. We love what Catapult has done to increase our son’s confidence level and solidify his love for business and entrepreneurship.

    V Talwar, Parent'16
  • Catapult is a life changing experience for young entrepreneurs. The ecosystem of students, advisors, partners, parents, and team is priceless. The relationships they build are meaningful. I hope my other kids can come to Catapult when in high school

    R Eyl, Parent '16
  • Catapult exposes students to realities and challenges of today’s business world, without having an adult preaching to them about these topics. The students learn first-hand the importance of being accountable, pulling their own weight, and working collaboratively across time zones, at late hours, and under pressure. At the same time, the students reap the benefits of their own labors and feel the pride of accomplishment of doing something in the adult world all on their own. No classroom could ever provide such an experience. Invaluable!

    S Wilson, Parent '16
  • “Catapult is a unique experience that provides students with invaluable resources and teaches skills that will not only help the students become successful entrepreneurs and professionals but also equip them with the necessary tools to become true change makers in society.

    M Garg, Parent '16
  • “Catapult should be on the bucket list of every teenager aspiring to become an entrepreneur. My daughter has benefitted immensely and I can see the difference in her confidence, clarity of thoughts, and presentation.”

    A Pawar, Parent '16
  • I wanted to thank you for all you did to make the Catapult program such a meaningful experience, both for my son and me. I would like to add my thanks for your wisdom during our Parent Sessions. As I mentioned last week, since we don’t receive grades, reviews, or feedback for parenting there are very few times when we have an opportunity to reflect on this most important of all jobs. It was extraordinary to be given that opportunity and to have you guide us so thoughtfully.

    Parent, Catapult '15
  • Our parent group felt like a coming together of great minds, with absolute honesty in how we parent, take care of ourselves and share new ways with one another to approach our life stresses and changes. We will continue to meet because we all got so much out if it – balancing the many facets of life.

    Parent, Catapult '14
  • I believe Catapult was the most valuable educational experience of my daughter’s 16 years.

    Parent, Catapult '15
  • On the plane home my son argued that he’d learned more in one day of Catapult than in a year of high school. The team-building bonds, the opportunity to work with such creative and inspiring advisors, and the resources available through Harvard, Ashoka, and your own contacts made the experience incredibly rich. Thank you so much for identifying and supporting our young changemakers.

    Parent, Catapult '14
  • The extremely high quality of the resources available to these young people, the authentic team-building exercises they engaged in, the excitement evident in the mentors/advisors who participated on the students, excellent organization by the Catapult/Ashoka leaders, and the way the program helped develop the students’ maturity over the course of the [program].

    Parent, Catapult '14
  • This was a phenomenal program and I applaud your efforts to pull it off. I know there were hundreds of moving parts. But you brought together an amazing group of kids who achieved some real and tangible outcomes that many adults would not be capable of doing. They learned so much. Your mentor group was so impressive. Thank you so much for doing this. It was life changing for our son and we are grateful he had the good fortune to be part of it!

    Parent, Catapult '15


A Few of Our Partners



  • Google
  • Harvard
  • Microsoft
  • Stanford
  • McKinsey
  • Booth
  • Facebook
  • Wharton
  • DLA Piper
  • UW Foster
  • Kind
  • Draper
  • NYC


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