BARRINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The innovative high school entrepreneurship program that is reinventing business/entrepreneurship education in high schools – INCubatoredu – is hosting a national summit of educators from its 60 member schools across 8 states.
The summit, a two-and-a-half-day event on July 19-21 at Loyola University in Chicago, will feature entrepreneurs and experts addressing the challenges of creating a new business – from initial ideation, to customer segment research, successful funding, and launch.
The event will also include a national Shark Tank-like competition between student teams pitching to win funding for the launch of a new business.
“We’ve designed the summit to give teachers a full grounding in what it takes to launch a new business,” said Margarita Geleske, co-executive director at INCubatoredu. “And the highlight of the event is the national student pitch competition – real student teams competing to get a real business funded and launched.”
INCubatoredu is a wildly popular program that provides students with an authentic entrepreneurship experience aimed at developing new product and service innovations. Student teams compete to take a business idea from concept to successful funding in a learning-incubator environment designed to replicate real entrepreneurship challenges.
The INCubatoredu curriculum is taught by a team of teachers, real-business mentors, and outside coaches drawn from local communities who help students learn the ins/outs of launching and managing a start-up business.
INCubatoredu recently announced that it doubled in size, an expansion that includes more than 60 schools and 2000-plus students across eight states.
The national entrepreneurship summit will also feature entrepreneur Joe Abraham, author of The BOSI Entrepreneurial DNA, who will focus on helping educators work with students’ natural entrepreneurial DNA. Additionally, the event will be keynoted by Grammy award nominee singer/songwriter, Peter Himmelman, creator of the renowned Big Muse workshop designed to help individuals and organizations tap the power of creativity.
More information on INCubatoredu is at: www.incubatoredu.org