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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.
The Westerly Sun Chariho INCubator students make their pitches to local business panel, ‘Shark Tank’-style
Four teams of seniors presented their product ideas Tuesday at the first Chariho INCubator pitch night. A panel of judges, or “sharks,” all from the business community, questioned each team about its product, marketing strategy and financial projections.
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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.
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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.
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A service allowing high school students to rent out their parking spots, a teen streetwear brand, and car seat attachments to protect children from overheating were among the winning business ideas at Batavia High School’s recent “Pitch Night.”
Students in the INCubator Entrepreneurship course presented their budding business ideas for a product or service before a panel of judges during the “Shark Tank”-style event last week at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.