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.
Launch started with Tripp and Jake, but has grown to comprise of students, established mentors, program alumni, and the larger Emerson community.While Launch has traditionally been focused on entrepreneurship and startups since its inception in 2014, the program is taking on a new direction by expanding to encompass any and all innovation. Launch gives students a space to take their ideas or passions and transform them into a real project or product. We provide students with mentors who are successful entrepreneurs and innovators themselves, a physical space to work, and up to $2,000 per semester to invest in resources that will further help progress their ventures. We are dedicated to guiding Emerson students through the process of successful creation through passion and ideation.