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EntreLaunch offers a fully online global pre-accelerator program primarily for youth age 15-35 to offset global youth unemployment and underemployment and build resiliency in a rapidly changing job market. Online programs launching soon at


IMPACT Cup is a 48 hour challenge where teens develop ideas to solve local, regional or global issues. As teams build out their idea, they learn the basics of launching a project and the impact their idea will have on the end-user.


Imagine having access to funds to test out your idea and validate your product or service? For many youth, this funding simply isn’t available (through family or otherwise) or only available in very limited quantity to a small number of people. Starting in early 2018, EntreFund will provide small microloans to those under aged 18 for just this purpose through the EntreLaunch Foundation.

Business Consulting

Have an idea but don’t know where to start? Business consulting services are also available for youth businesses to help you narrow your focus, identify your target audience and build your canvas.

Our Vision

A community of entrepreneurs working in collaboration.
Launching the next generation!

EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next 5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future through our global online pre-accelerator program, funding programs and entrepreneurial education.

Our programs are designed to alleviate global youth unemployment and underemployment by offering options outside traditional career paths. Through exposure to opportunities, youth develop skills to innovate and adapt to future job markets. With 70% of jobs set to disappear in the next 2 decades, these skills are in high demand!

To further benefit our teen entrepreneurs, a microfunding program is planned for 2018.

  • Our EntreLearn program is designed to be accessible to youth worldwide regardless of geographic location. With an emphasis on social impact, this pre-accelerator will take you through the paces from idea to MVP. Choose our Pre-Accelerator PLUS option to access live mentors and additional learning. (Coming early 2018)

  • Impact Cup is a challenge designed to spark creativity while building an Impact business within a short time frame. Ask for us to come to your community.

  • Our microloan programs will launch in 2018 providing funds to teen entrepreneurs for idea validation and startup costs.

  • Sharing and collaboration among entrepreneurs is vital to ensure we build a strong future. Join our Launcher directory today.

Our Team

Rebecca Palmer

Chief Catalyst and CEO
Rebecca is a serial entrepreneur and community builder with a mission to inspire innovation, transform lives and connect communities.A lifelong learner, she stays up to date on new trends, needs and strategies with a focus on global entrepreneurship, strategic shifts and social good.

Christine Pantazis

Director Social Digital Media
Former Senior Global Social Media Marketing Manager at one of Canada’s largest Tech firms, Christine is a creative professional with over 10 years’ experience who comes fully equipped with an innovative spirit and a proven track record of successful integration and synergy of social media marketing and overall business strategy. Recognized for developing social media strategies & tactics using social media marketing to increase brand focus, brand identity and brand leverage. Proven success for developing, implementing and managing social media campaigns, resulting in increased customer engagement and acquisition. Vested abilities of providing creative, innovative, and enthusiastic forward-thinking leadership in team environments. Genuinely focused on achieving continuous improved business performance and increasing any organization’s bottom lines.

Cagdas Onen

Director of Marketing
I believe in two mottos in life:“The most important things in life are the connections you make with others” (Tom Ford) “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” (Milton Berle)These mottos really became driving forces to me and for more than 10 years, I have formed meaningful connections, created opportunities and managed the marketing teams for fast growing Fintech and technology companies.In addition I act as mentor for early stage startups for ‘Marketing Management’ and ‘International Expansion’ and position my role as ‘International Startup Catalyst’ through their journey to the growth.

Olesea Fortuna

Catalyst and Advisor
Olesea Fortuna is a qualified leader with an extensive experience in executive management of various community building and leadership projects and private enterprises, entrepreneurship ecosystem and development programs, large events, acceleration programs, with business and institutional development training and consulting experience of over 14 years. She has a leading role in the education of startups in Moldova, being the President of GEN Moldova (Global Entrepreneurship Network). She has been involved as a speaker, mentor, group coach, experimental trainer in projects focused on business development at both international and national levels. Her interests revolve around assisting entrepreneurs in creating, launching, developing national and international businesses and particularly in creative industries and sustainable business models. Among projects deployed in the country she has participated in the design of the first rural entrepreneurship cup (a rural business competition deployed and acceleration program with Estonian partners and with several rural incubators), designed the first fashion acceleration program in collaboration with Fashion Technology Accelerator from Milan and a French fashion consulting agency, deployed and consulted one of the first ecological CSAs groups in Moldova (Community Supported Agriculture) With regard to women entrepreneurship: Olesea has initiated projects for young women starting with 2010 “Life and Business Skills for Girls”, started women programs such as GEN WOW Program – a peer to peer women entrepreneurship development program (2014),GEN Creative Women , invited as a national country expert in an EU-funded project “Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South Eastern Europe” and others. She was nominated and accepted the role of WED World Ambassador for Moldova for 2015 and 2016.

Cristobal Raby

Catalyst and Global Advisor – Chile
Technical Project Manager, Corfo

Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) is the founder of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition, a private, collaborative inquiry into the next economy. More broadly, he is a pattern finder, lateral thinker, Gladwellian connector, facilitator and explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business.From 1987 to 1998, Jerry was a technology analyst, first at New Science Associates, then as Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s monthly tech newsletterRelease 1.0, as well as co-host of her annual conference, PC Forum. He was fortunate to be on duty when the Internet showed up.Jerry works with companies such as Best Buy and Havas Media as well as non-profits such as EDF and the Institute for the Future. He’s been widely quoted in the major media and greatly enjoys public speaking. He also acts as a technology advisor to startups, ranging from Twine and CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) to EverNote, TheBrain, Socialtext and Seedwiki. During the dot-boom days, Jerry was an advisor to eGroups (now YahooGroups) and Pyra (nowBlogger, part of Google).Jerry earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics (mostly econometrics) from UC Irvine. He was raised in Peru and Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and German — and pretty passable French. You can contact him at

Leroy Yau

Global Advisor – Hong Kong
Leroy is currently the co-founder of 43 Ventures. He has 20 years of Business/IT advisory experiences. Prior to founding 43 Ventures, he was an advisory partner with EY and his professional experiences span across Greater China as he has stationed in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. A graduate in computer/electronic engineering and laws, Leroy is also a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPA Australia and The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

Vongai Bhelebana

Global Advisor – South Africa

President, EntreLaunch South Africa

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