Deerfield High School class turns students into business entrepreneurs

Chicago Tribune, Deerfield Review

Deerfield High School class turns students into business entrepreneurs

A visitor to Deerfield High School’s business incubator class might think they had walked into a modern suite of offices.The class, which is new this school year, directs students to develop their own businesses while they work with mentors and coaches from the local business community. With three separate classes totaling 71 students, the hopeful entrepreneurs work in teams to come up with an idea for a business and develop the model so that it can be pitched to a panel of investors by the end of the year, according to Joe Navickas, who teaches the course.

LFHS Incubator Business Continues To Grow

Daily North Shore

LFHS Incubator Business Continues To Grow

LAKE FOREST/LAKE BLUFF — After creating Safe & Sound Spray in the Lake Forest High School business incubator class two years ago, the company’s owners continue to both sell and improve the product.  The owners are Jenelle Frevert and Gwen Driscoll. The two, now college freshmen, are promoting their business both locally — as they did with a self defense class March 13 at LFHS — and nationally — as they did with a pitch on the QVC online shopping network February 23.

Jason McCann and Isaiah Stanback make a difference in the lives of Coppell High School youth

Dallas Business Journal

Jason McCann and Isaiah Stanback make a difference in the lives of Coppell High School youth

April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — April is designated as National Volunteer Month and Jason McCann, founder and CEO of VARIDESK, and Isaiah Stanback, former Dallas Cowboy, member of the 2012 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and co-founder of Steadfast Fitness, are two volunteers to be celebrated. McCann and Stanback are two of approximately 30 business professionals who donate their time to the Coppell High School INCubatoredu entrepreneurial program.

INCubatoredu is Fostering Young Female Entrepreneurs

Chicago Business Journal

INCubatoredu is Fostering Young Female Entrepreneurs

INCubatoredu is on the forefront of cultivating the future potential that young women possess through their entrepreneurial programs for high school students. In addition, INCubatoredu has developed a program for elementary school students called, freshINCedu, to engage these future success stories at a younger age.

‘Shark Tank’- like program at Thomas Jefferson HS builds entrepreneurial skills

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‘Shark Tank’- like program at Thomas Jefferson HS builds entrepreneurial skills

“It’s an authentic, rigorous, hands-on program,” she said. “We teach them business by having them create their own business. Rather than having them be lectured at and learning vocabulary, like debit and credit and revenue, they actually learn what that means.”

Ghilani said the program utilizes the same entrepreneurship methodology that is taught at Harvard and Stanford and talks about his passion for it at Thomas Jefferson.

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