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WGN 9 Chicago News: High school entrepreneurs pitch their big ideas, with real money and investors on the line

High school entrepreneurs pitch their big ideas, with real money and investors on the line

07.20.18

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.

High school entrepreneurs pitch their big ideas, with real money and investors on the line

07.20.18

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.

Buffalo Grove student entrepreneurs’ Skunk Aid gets picked up by Bentley’s Pet Stuff

06.28.18

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.

INSIDE KANE COUNTY SCHOOLS: INCUBATOR EDU SHARPENS SKILLS WITH SHARK-TANK-STYLE PITCH NIGHT

06.12.18

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.

LFHS Incubator Class Nears Pitch Night

06.08.18

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.