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The Spike Lab, an innovative startup incubator for high schoolers, has seen record growth in the last 6 month. The pandemic-induced school disruptions have led to students seeking out alternative extracurriculars. “Since March, we’ve almost doubled in size,” says Lloyd Nimetz, the founder of The Spike Lab. “This is a result of ambitious, and previously over-scheduled, students having more time and wanting to make the most of it.”
The pandemic has forced many schools and educational programs to go virtual, whereas The Spike Lab has always been completely remote. It’s one on one coaching program matches students and coaches from around the world. The Spike Lab’s flexible curriculum is customized around students’ existing schedules and has provided high school students and their parents with much needed structure.
Nimetz, a 7-time serial entrepreneur and co-founder, Larry Liu — also a serial entrepreneur, decided to stop starting companies and instead focus on teaching kids how to start them. Five years ago they launched The Spike Lab with the goal of creating the best teen entrepreneurship program in the world.
What also sets The Spike Lab apart is that it combines entrepreneurship with college admissions counseling. In 2020, 100% of Spike students were accepted into a reach college including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton. The Spike Lab hosts free webinars each month on how to get into top tier colleges based on insights from the Harvard Admissions Trial.