LFHS Incubator Class Nears Pitch Night

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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

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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.

Rock Island High School Students Pursue Entrepreneurial Passion

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Rock Island High School Students Pursue Entrepreneurial Passion

It’s a mission of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to support entrepreneurship and help businesses get started. One example is the Incubatoredu program at Rock Island High School.

Deerfield H.S. students show their entrepreneurial skills

Chicago Tribune, Deerfield Review

Deerfield H.S. students show their entrepreneurial skills

Developing a viable business was the goal of the students who decided to take a business incubator class at Deerfield High School back in August.  At the end of the year, one of 15 teams would be selected as the winner in a “Shark Tank”-style competition among the 69 budding entrepreneurs.

Uncharted Learning Applauds Illinois Students During National Inventors Month

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Uncharted Learning Applauds Illinois Students During National Inventors Month

BARRINGTON, Ill., May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — High School students aren’t waiting to earn their diplomas before inventing a product and establishing a business of their own. Uncharted Learning, a not-for-profit organization, has undertaken the mission to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of teenagers through their MobileMakersEdu and INCubatoredu programs.

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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

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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

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