Every summer, the program hires students to launch a start-up in ten weeks. This provides the opportunity for students to teach themselves new technical skills, develop teamwork skills, and practice public speaking. By mainly hiring rising sophomores, the program hopes to help the participants gain experience with entrepreneurship and see it as a possible path for their future.
The program was originally conceived in 2014 as a faculty initiative of Professor Colleen Lewis, HMC Computer Science, and with a single team of four HMC students. Since 2015 with additional support of Professor Zachary Dodds, HMC Computer Science, as a mentor, the program has continued to expand to hire more students each year and also to include students of other CUC campuses. In 2017, a total of ten students were hired, with eight from Harvey Mudd and two from Claremont McKenna.
The HMCEN provided partial funding for the 2014 launch. Today the participation of HMC students is fully sponsored by the HMCEN.