This innovative program offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience of turning ideas into reality. In the yearlong 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.
INCubatoredu prepares students for the complexity of the challenges facing the world today by developing necessary 21st skills such as adaptability, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving.
During INCubator Edu’s inaugural year in District 211, student teams from Palatine, Fremd, Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates High Schools’ competed hard in District 211’s very first shark tank-style event.
The best teams from each school were selected to compete at a Pitch Night for real funding. The groups presented business ideas to community “sharks” for seed money to start real businesses. Palatine High School’s DeoTech, which consists of students Kosta Plevritis, Anthony Portera, Drake Roberts, and Anthony Tamras, were the winners and earned $25,000 in seed money for their company from the District 211 Foundation.
Check out photos from the final Pitch Night [link to: http://d211post.org/slideshow-business-incubator-students-compete-at-district-211-pitch-night/]