INCubatoredu HS Curriculum

INCubatoredu for high school youth blends entrepreneurship curriculum with an experiential approach to traditional business subjects.

This program offers high school students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. In the year-long course, students have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving. This cycle of experimentation is combined with foundational business content such as marketing and finance.


Students demonstrate their learning through explanation, interpretation and application of content to their team’s real business idea. Principles and process from the LEAN movement help students test their thinking. From concept to Minimum Viable Product to Pitch, students are hypothesizing, testing, adapting and learning. Importantly, they work and learn in teams..


Volunteer coaches, mentors, and the classroom teacher. Coaches provide authentic business expertise in a specific area. They come into the classroom for a short period of time (2-4 days) to provide all students with a real-world context for a specific curricular area. The coach and classroom teacher plan and present together. The coach’s focus is on curricular content, not war stories. Mentors are assigned to one team and follow them through the entire process providing students with feedback and encouragement. The classroom teacher is a certified teacher that manages the class and volunteers as well as provides continuity.


Create your own job: Students who love metalworking, coding, doing…can make their own career, their own pathway to success. INCubatoredu creates a foundational experience for high school students who will study entrepreneurship and business in college as well as for those students who enter the workforce after graduating from high school. Junior level students are a great fit for the program.

High School Program elements include:

  • Full year curriculum including lesson plans, exercises, and assessment structure
  • Access to materials via an online learning management system
  • Professional development for educators
  • Coach/Mentor recruiting framework
  • Quarterly webinars to support classroom teachers
  • Facility design and resources

Key points of distinction include:

  • Blend of Lean process with foundational business topics
  • Authentic, real-world learning using hands-on problem solving
  • Full year, for credit course
  • Team teaching with classroom teacher, coaches, and mentors
  • Ongoing professional development for classroom teachers  and volunteers
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ACCELeratoredu HS

The full year course designed as a second year program for teams that have completed INCubatoredu year 1, have received funding, and are ready to begin launching a business. The goal is to guide students to a successful launch of their company and gain traction in the market place. Content is built from real life entrepreneurial practices, and real world business accelerator practices. New business ventures share many themes even though they vary widely with specifics of the product or service they provide. Content can be delivered in a blended learning environment to meet the different needs of student teams.

High School Program elements include:

  • Full year curriculum including lesson plans, exercises, and assessment structure.
  • Professional development for educators
See A Lesson Plan