Student Success Stories
What does success look like for INCubatoredu students? Building real-world skills that extend far beyond entrepreneurship. We support and celebrate this growth as part of the student journey. Some INCubatoredu teams find success in securing funding and launching businesses:
Team Grow Greenly envisions a world free of plastic pollution. Their starting point is a biodegradable planter that naturally fertilizes plants through its organic components. From Leesburg, Virginia, the team felt strongly that they had a viable, winning idea, and submitted their pitch to compete at the INCubatoredu National Pitch in Chicago. The panel of entrepreneurs was impressed by the idea, and the traction they’d earned, and awarded Grow Greenly $10,000 to scale their business. Stay tuned!
GreenDirt started as five high school students with a vision to make an impact on the world. After joining Conant High School’s Business Incubator class in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, we decided to take on the problem of food waste. After working tirelessly with our local business mentor David Wolff, owner of Wolff’s Flea Market and teacher Tony Miller, we won our school pitch. Then we advanced to and won our district finals, receiving startup capital. After that we were selected for the IncubatorEDU national pitch, and out of a pool 500+ teams, we were named the #1 team in the nation, receiving more funding with a real chance to make an impact on the world.
The idea behind Skunk Aid began in a Buffalo Grove High School Entrepreneurship 1 classroom during the 2015-16 school year. One of the first tasks for every group in the class was to create “Bug Me” lists, which required each member to write down different problems they faced in their everyday lives. The next week, Nicole Relias came in with a situation that each member could painfully relate to: her dog got skunked. We all grumbled about our own personal experiences about the chaotic environment of trying looking up a remedy, finding the ingredients, and trying to survive the sinister smell. We agreed how hard it was to successfully clean the dog without harming them from the different ingredients and have an easy process while doing it. From there, we realized that this was definitely a “problem” worth investigating…
Five students from Buffalo Grove High School’s entrepreneurship program turned in INCubatoredu clasasroom idea into reality! A revolutionary tool that allows for easy threading of a drawstring into clothes in a matter of seconds. It’s the product you never realized you needed…until now…
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Originating from Wheeling High School’s first year run of IncubatorEDU’s entrepreneurship class, founder, Martin Dimitrov, was tasked with finding 10 problems he faced everyday and to find a simple solution. Enrolled in the Advanced Weights P.E. class, Martin realized that the weight collars he was using were unsafe, not easy to use, and most of them were broken. Remembering the 90’s slap bracelets that kids used to play with, he recognized the opportunity to take that technology and develop a weight collar that improves these issues. After a disappointing last place pitch at DePaul University, Martin knew that he needed a prototype to help people understand the idea. Purchasing 50 bracelets on Ebay, he began prototyping a minimum viable product to launch on kickstarter. Through trial and error, he eventually developed the first SnapClip that was able to hold over 200 lbs.