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Premier summer entrepreneurship and computer science program




Premier summer entrepreneurship and computer science program




Life Changing Summer is a three-week immersive entrepreneurship course for the most promising and passionate high school students. Run by Cornell University members who have years of experience with startups and programming. Supported by Life Changing Labs and Entrepreneurship at Cornell.  


The Program

The Program

Our mission is to educate and empower the next generation of leaders in entrepreneurship.

We select up to 50 of the top high school students from around the world to participate. Underserved students will be eligible to receive full scholarships on need basis.   

The comprehensive curriculum includes foundational thinking in entrepreneurship, basics of web development (no prior experience required), and tenets of best design practice.  

All teaching is done in open collaborative environment to promote team building and communication. Students will have opportunities to network with experienced entrepreneurs as well as Cornell student founders. We believe in the power of a strong network and community which can provide students with benefits lasting well-beyond the summer.




The Schedule

The Schedule


Early Application Deadline: March 1st, 2017 *

Final Application Deadline : May 1st, 2017

Program Dates : July 10, 2017 to July 28th, 2017


eHub, Cornell University

Daily Structure

9am-2pm Monday through Friday

9:00-9:15am Daily Standups

9:15-10:00am Programing Lesson

10:00-10:15am Q&A

10:15-10:30am Break &Team Hangout

10:30-11:30am Hack & Build

11:30-12:00pm Entrepreneurship Lesson

12:00-1:00pm Team Lunch

1:00-2:00pm Team Work Session

*after 2:00pm we will be have various optional workshops and tours available for students

Additional Activities

Typically, we have a mix of the following activities throughout the summer as additional value for our students: 

College Prep: Q&A with graduate students, college fair with 70+ universities

Guest Speakers: last year included Dylan Reid (Forbes 30 under 30), John Alexander (founder of CBORD Group), Scott Belsky (founder of Behance, investor in Uber, Pinterest), and others. 

Workshops: 3D Printing, Professional Communication, Networking, Resume Prep

Program Cost

$2500 Tuition + Lunches – covers programming, activities, and staff costs. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and/or transportation. Recommended for local students.

$4500 Tuition + Housing + Dining – covers all of the above plus housing provided on Cornell campus plus 3 meals per day. Recommended for international students.

We offer need-based full scholarships for underserved students. Please ask for details when you apply.


The Stories

The Stories

Student Testimonials


“Html, programming, and practical
learning have been fun. Meeting so many successful people who are pursuing
their dream has pushed me and motivated me to do the same. The motivation is the biggest


“Every person you meet can help you and is open to help you, which is something I really appreciate. You give something and you get something back.”




"My favorite part is seeing what good team dynamics looks like. I have been a part of many other teams and the teams are not always ideal. But here it’s perfect."

Parent Testimonials

“LCS has been a fantastic program for my son and I look forward to him staying in touch with its community.”

“My daughter has a mild form of ASD and seeing her final presentation was truly special. She has gained so much from being part of LCS and I could not have imagined the development that took place over a span of three weeks.”

“My only regret is I didn’t find out about LCS sooner. Michael and the team were amazing and I hope my daughter will get to work closely with everyone again.”

Past Projects


The P!LLPAL system is a wearable technology that stores medication and notifies the wearer when it’s time to take his or her medication by vibrating and dispensing pills.


Instalert allows users to be notified via alarms and text messages when cabinets containing dangerous material are opened by small children.


Portal is an easy, reliable, and affordable way for everyone to play old game. It also enables users to create their own games and join a community. 

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The Team

The Team


The Entrepreneur & Co-Founder

Peter is the Founder of Life Changing Labs, a summer incubator and mentorship network for Cornell entrepreneurs, and Life Changing Summer, a program teaching entrepreneurship and programming to high school students across the world. He also works at Entrepreneurship at Cornell and serves on the Advisory Council. Currently, he leads StartupTree as its CEO to help fuel the growth of university entrepreneurship globally.


The Architect & Co-Founder

Michael is Managing Director of Life Changing Labs, Founder of LCL's summer startup incubator program, founder of LCS's global high school eship and computer science program, Lead Thinker at Aesir Lab, and principal organizer of Cornell's first ever Make-a-thon event. He is an award-winning photographer, architectural designer, and budding philanthropist. His work as an entrepreneur focuses on creating life changing opportunities for designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate.


The Engineer


Alexandra is program coordinator for Life Changing Summer. She has vast experience in teaching and leading groups such as Open Loop project team, winning NASA's national high school competition, and Cornell's Rocket Team. She also loves tinkering in her spare time with projects such as RFID programming. 



Startup Founder & Instructor


Jeff is a technology fanatic with interests ranging from virtual reality to the commercialization of space. He is the founder and CEO of Fiberspark, a super fast fiber optic Internet provider in Ithaca, which he launched with the help of Life Changing Labs as he was finishing his Information Science degree in 2013. Jeff and Fiberspark are graduates of Cornell eLab and he has past experience as a full-stack developer and as the CTO for a SaaS startup that received seed funding and acceleration from DreamIt Ventures in NYC.


Apply Now

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Happiness Guaranteed. 

If you are not happy with our program for any reason after the first week, we will provide a full refund.

If you have any questions, then please contact us here