Emerson Launch, originally called The Emerson Accelerator, was designed, in response to an invitation from Emerson College President Lee Pelton, by two seniors who had already launched businesses, Tripp Clemens ’13 and Jake Bailey ’14. Committed to advancing innovation, Pelton had “envisioned a creative laboratory to develop new works and products,” to complement the “E3” program, Emerson Experience in Entrepreneurship. After the two students pitched the Accelerator to the Emerson College Board of Trustees in March, 2014, some board members immediately wrote checks to support the program.
Tripp and Jake continue their involvement by mentoring startups and sharing perspectives with Emerson Launch leadership. Tripp, a filmmaker and partner at Windy Films, is based at Studio Sixteen in the Boston Shipyard. Jake is CEO at Harvest Delivery in Austin, Texas. Tripp studied in the School of the Arts and Jake graduated from the School of Communication. Emerson Launch brings together students from both schools; all share a common interest in starting something new.