Chicago, IL

Registration is now OPEN!

The INCubatoredu National Summit is the annual professional development event for INCubatoredu member schools and offers workshops and sessions
in a collaborative environment for INC teachers, administrators and Community Champions. The National Summit was created to bring the
INCubatoredu community together to learn, support and encourage each other. We hope to see you and your entire team there!


2019 Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce Yong Zhao as the 2019 INCubatoredu National Summit keynote speaker! Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker whose work centers on creativity, globalization, entrepreneurship, and technology.
Dr. Zhao will kick-off Wednesday’s agenda with a keynote on how to prepare students for the globalized world by encouraging them to invent jobs. In the new global economy, the jobs that are available now might not exist by the time today’s students enter the workplace. To succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think like entrepreneurs: resourceful, flexible, creative, and global. Zhao will share the secrets to cultivating independent thinkers who are willing and able to use their learning differently to create jobs and contribute positively to the globalized society.


March 12, 2019

What can you expect from the INCubatoredu National Summit? Each year, we strive to host a high-energy, engaging event that allows attendees to connect and collaborate with fellow INC educators and volunteers, engage in sessions around instructional strategies for team- and project-based classrooms, and stay current in all things entrepreneurship. The video below will give you a little preview of what the INCubatoredu National Summit is all about.

February 14, 2019

We have a few spaces reserved in the INC National Summit agenda for…you, the educators and volunteers in the INCubatoredu community! So what do you have to share with your INC peers? From instructional strategies to volunteer recruitment and current industry trends to team building exercises, INC teachers, administrators, and Community Champions alike are invited to submit proposals for a session.

Submit your session proposal here. The submission deadline is Friday, March 15th. Questions? Contact

February 1, 2019

Summit is just over 5 months away…have you reserved your hotel room?  INCubatoredu has teamed up with a historic Chicago hotel, The Palmer House.  (Did we mention that the Palmer House is only 1/3 of a mile from the Summit meeting space?  Just a quick walk away!)  You can book your room by calling the Palmer House at 312-726-7500 and use “Uncharted Learning” as the group name OR you can book online here.  You must book your room by June 14, 2019 to lock in our group rate.  For more information (and pictures) see the lodging section of this page.

Questions or concerns please reach out to

January 1, 2019

Startup Schools – As you make your travel plans, please know that your training will begin at 8:30am on July 15th.  Summit will close on the evening of July 17th following National Pitch and our Celebratory Dinner.  National Pitch is the highlight of our training – watch 5 INC student teams compete for seed funding on our national stage.  Afterwards, INCubatoredu hosts a celebration dinner, please consider staying in Chicago on Wednesday night as dinner does not begin until 6pm.

Launched Schools – Professional development begins on the afternoon of July 15th and ends on the evening of National Pitch – Wednesday, July 17th.  You may want to consider staying in Chicago Wednesday night as the dinner does not begin until 6pm.

December 1, 2018

Summit may be more than 7 months away, but here at INCubatoredu, plans are well under way!  Agendas are being outlined, entrepreneurs are lining up and new teachers are excited to join the community.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this July!


Monday, July 15th
Startup Teachers arrive
7:30AM-8:30AM Breakfast and Registration
8:30AM-5:00PM Startup Bootcamp, lunch included

Launched Teachers arrive
1:00PM-1:30PM Registration
1:30PM-5:00PM Afternoon sessions
5:00PM-6:00PM Welcome Reception

Tuesday, July 16th
Startup+Launched Teachers continue
Startup+Launched Admin & Community Champions arrive
7:30AM-8:30AM Check-in/Registration and Breakfast
Startup Teacher & Admin Bootcamp, lunch included
Launched Breakout Sessions, lunch included
Evening – at leisure in Chicago

Wednesday, July 17th
All attendees continue
7:30AM-8:30AM Check-in/Registration and Breakfast
8:30AM-4:00PM Breakout Sessions, lunch included
4:00PM-5:00PM Networking Hour
5:00 PM INCubatoredu National Pitch, Celebratory Dinner to follow

For a preview of what’s to come, check out last year’s program: INC National Summit 2018.


Every year at the INCubatoredu National Summit, student teams from around the country submit to compete in the National Pitch for seed funding.  We encourage all INC schools, from near and far to submit their top team for the 2019 National Pitch!

The submission window for the 2019 INCubatoredu National Pitch begins in May. Questions? Contact

2018 National Pitch in Review

The 2018 National Pitch Contestants:

  • Battle Buddies – Lake Forest High School, Illinois
  • GameTime – Westlake High School, Texas
  • Grow Greenly – Academy of Engineering and Tech, Virginia
  • Henna Helpers – Lorenzo Walker Technical High, Florida
  • Ideal Meal – Fremd High School, Illinois

Footage from the 2018 National Pitch:

2018 INCubatoredu National Pitch



Startup Schools
The INC Startup Bootcamp begins at 8:30 am on Monday, July 15th and closes on the evening of Wednesday, July 17th. For startup school administrators and community champions with limited time, we recommend prioritizing attendance on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Launched Schools
The INC National Summit begins at 1:30pm on Monday, July 15th for launched schools and closes on the evening of Wednesday, July 17th. Attendance is expected and encouraged for all three days. For administrators and community champions with limited time, we recommend prioritizing attendance on Wednesday. Should you have any travel exceptions, please note them during registration.

Registration costs for training and professional development are paid for by your school’s annual fees. Transportation and lodging costs are not covered by the annual fee and are the responsibility of National Summit attendees.

Location – Convene

Join us in the heart of downtown Chicago at Convene. This venue models what contemporary incubators and co-working spaces offer for entrepreneurs so that our members can experience a modern workplace while learning.

16 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL


Lodging – The Palmer House

A classic Chicago hotel located 1 block from Convene.  Opened in 1873, the Palmer House is now the nation’s longest continually operating hotel.  The Chicago landmark recently underwent a $170 million renovation that includes all the convenience and comforts of the 21st century.

The Palmer House
17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL

  • Room block under Uncharted Learning.  Use this link to book your room online under our room block.
  • Room rate $189/per night –
  • Our group rate is only guaranteed through June 14th!

Other hotels within walking distance that you are welcome to find on your own.



Please use the form below to register for the INCubatoredu Professional Development Summit.  Questions? Contact

Registration and Summit professional development costs are included INC schools’ annual fees. Transportation and lodging costs are not covered by the annual fee and are the responsibility of National Summit attendees.