WGN 9 Chicago News
High school entrepreneurs pitch their big ideas, with real money and investors on the line
CHICAGO — One after another, five teams of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, all vying for a $20,000 prize and to potentially make their dreams a reality. But this isn’t a reality show – it’s a high school competition.
INCubatoredu launched at Barrington High School in 2014 and broke out nationally the following year. Today, more than 11,000 students participate in 100 schools spanning 18 states. What started with 37 teams earlier in the year was narrowed down to five frontrunners this week at Chicago’s 1871 tech hub.
Daily Herald Business Ledger
Buffalo Grove student entrepreneurs’ Skunk Aid gets picked up by Bentley’s Pet Stuff
A business model developed through a think tank at Buffalo Grove High School continues to grow, even as its student entrepreneurs prepare to leave for college. As sophomores, Jackie Molloy, Nicole Relias and Shayna Reznikov developed the idea of an all-natural, de-skunking kit for dogs. They came up with their idea after Relias’ dog, Bella, a golden doodle, had been skunked four times.
Kane County Connects
INSIDE KANE COUNTY SCHOOLS: INCUBATOR EDU SHARPENS SKILLS WITH SHARK-TANK-STYLE PITCH NIGHT
Preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow is tough work. With changes happening in the job marketplace each year, giving students hands-on experiences is key to future success. That’s why schools are constantly innovating and developing new curricula that prepare students for the future.
One way that high schools are preparing students for their future is by offering a course called INCubatorEDU. Incubator EDU is an entrepreneurship program that provides students a practical entrepreneurship experience, where they work in teams to create a product or service.
Daily North Shore
LFHS Incubator Class Nears Pitch Night
A group gathers in a corner conference room to discuss the challenges of how to bring its business idea MeltWell, a throat lozenge in the form of a thin strip that dissolves on the tongue, to market.
This small group is facing issues common to entrepreneurs looking to create the next big trend, such as developing a prototype and raising capital. But in one way this group is different than most found in business incubators like Chicago’s 1871 — each member is a junior at Lake Forest High School.
Entrepreneurial Mindset: Local Schools Giving Young Students Tools to Create Their Own Businesses
As a grunge-rock instrumental walk-up song blares through the speakers, a team of high school students in business professional dress ascend the stairs of the stage at Varidesk headquarters in Coppell.
The Coppell High School students present a new business: a teen-only nightclub called The Muse.
It would be a drug- and alcohol-free space where teenagers can eat, socialize, dance, and listen to music. Outlining consumer and market research, financial planning, and other evidence, students proved up their concept to an audience of parents, mentors, school district administrators, Coppell Chamber of Commerce members, and four judges. Team Muse was one of three groups from the high school’s year-long entrepreneurship class, INCubatoredu, that made it to Final Pitch Night, a Shark Tank-like event, held May 23 at Varidesk.
What Students Are Saying About Entrepreneurship Through INCubatoredu
What do high school students say about their experience studying entrepreneurship in an INCubatoredu class? Hear the passionate views of two students (Jessy and Swarina) in this brief podcast — we bet you’ll be as surprised as they were to learn about how different their experience was from what they expected, and how passionate they are to know more.
Superintendent Tom Leonard; Bringing Innovation to Schools
Entrepreneurship programs like INCubatoredu are reinventing the business curriculum at high schools across America. This podcast features a conversation with a Texas school superintendent exploring how such programs benefit students, school districts, and the community at large.
INCubatoredu Teacher Nick Pahl; Empowering students through entrepreneurship
Launching the entrepreneurial start up curriculum, INCubatoredu, at Dundee Crown High School in Illinois has impacted Nick Pahl’s teaching and student experience in profound ways. Hear from Nick as he describes his experience, how his teaching has changed, and why it is important for students today. Creating future ready students!
Co-Founder Michael Miles on INCubatoredu – Part 1
What’s behind the popularity of INCubatoredu? Co-Founder Michael Miles details how the program is unique and why it’s meeting such a need nationally. Part 1 of 2
More with Michael Miles on INCubatoredu- Part 2
In part 2 of 2, INCubatoredu co-founder Michael Miles on the many benefits of the groundbreaking program highlighting professional development for teachers.
Teaching Coding in High School: How to Equip Teachers for Success
Uncharted Learning’s Director of Product Development, Jessi Chartier, explores why coding for mobile apps is such a hot curriculum for high school students. This podcast reviews how best to equip teachers with the skills they need to make coding authentic, engaging—and dare we say—fun for students.
National Principals Conference (NASSP) – July 11-13, Chicago, IL
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE 2018) – June 24-27, Chicago IL
Magnet Schools of America – April 25-29, Chicago, IL
National School Board – Apr 7-9, San Antonio, TX
National Catholic Schools Association (NCEA) – April 3-5, Cincinnati, OH
National Business Ed Association (NBEA) – Mar 27-31, Baltimore, MD
Connections – IL State – Mar 7-8, Tinley Park, IL
Edu for Careers – CTE – Mar 4-6, Sacremento, CA
Kane County Regional Vocation – Mar 2, St. Charles, IL
ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) State Conference – Feb 26 – 28th, Schaumburg, IL
Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) – Feb 15-16th, Springfield, IL
The School Superintendents Association (AASA) – Feb 14-16, Nashville, TN
Chicago Area Business Educators Association (CABEA) – Feb 14, Hoffman Estates, IL
ACTE Career Tech Vision Conference – Dec 6-9th, Nashville, TN
GMEA Power Up – Nov 9th, Macon, GA
National STEM schools conference (NCSSS) – Nov 1-4th, Chicago, IL
WI Marketing – Oct 5-6th, Stevens Point, WI
Magnet Schools of American (MSA) Fall Technical Assistance Conference – Oct 4-5th, Minneapolis, MN
INCubatoredu National Training Summit – July 18-20, Chicago, IL
Southern Region Education Board(SREB) Annual High Schools that Work Conference – July 12-15 Nashville, Tennessee
2017 GACTE Career Tech Expo – July 10-11, Atlanta, GA