Samantha Asante-Bio leads LaunchX as the new President

Samantha Asante-Bio leads LaunchX as the new President


BOSTON – January 1, 2023 – (

Start Xthe leading entrepreneurship education organization for high school students, is proud to announce Samantha Asante Bio was appointed to replace LaunchX’s founder Laurie Stach as President. Laurie, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, founded LaunchX in 2012 and after more than a decade of successfully driving growth, has decided to accept a board position at the company.

As the new President, Samantha will set LaunchX’s strategic direction, oversee day-to-day operations, manage finances, establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, and lead and lead the LaunchX team.

With over ten years of experience in education and over 5 years as an entrepreneurial executive, Samantha brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role. A first-generation college grad and first-generation entrepreneur, Samantha has a BS in Applied Psychology from New York University and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career as a member of the Teach for America Corps and founded KlickEngage, an educational technology startup focused on making sure every child feels psychologically safe and supported in every environment. Samantha has dedicated her career to eradicating social and educational inequalities and believes that coalition building, leadership development and an equity mindset are critical to bringing about lasting change. For her work, she was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list at age 26 and has been a two-time TFA Social Innovation Awardee, Camelback Venture Fellow, Kravis Lab Moonshot Fellow, NPR “How I Built This” Fellow, a member of the Harvard Launch Lab X and AT&T Aspire Fellow.

Samantha has served as LaunchX’s Director of Programs for the past year, during which time the organization has grown significantly, expanding its reach and…


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