BARRINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The innovative high school entrepreneurship program that is reinventing business curriculum – INCubatoredu – will host its annual national summit in Chicago in July for educators and collaborators from its 90-plus member schools across 15 states.
INCubatoredu’s national summit runs July 18-20 at Loyola University in Chicago and gathers educators, entrepreneurs, and experts to explore best practices for teaching entrepreneurship to high school students.
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.
“Our national summit is an action-packed event that provides administrators, teachers, and community champions with professional development that empowers them to create unique experiences for students,” according to Stacy Sniegowski, who leads professional development at Uncharted Learning, the parent company that developed INCubatoredu. “Entrepreneurship courses are reinvigorating CTE and business programs, and our national summit is geared to both inspire and equip educators with what helps drive successful programs,” she added.
The 2017 INCubatoredu national summit will feature experts on numerous entrepreneurship related topics, including marketing, legal, and investor challenges. The forum also fosters peer-to-peer learning from master class teachers for all attendees.
An annual highlight of the national summit is a Shark Tank-like competition between five student teams pitching to win funding for the launch of a new business. The five teams were selected from more than 50 high schools nationally – and include schools from Illinois and Texas.
“The student competition is a vital part of our national summit – and has student teams competing for actual start-up funding to help them launch their business and pursue their passion,” said Stacy Sniegowski. “Our summit attendees love the student competition every year because it so viscerally showcases how far students come with this hands-on approach to learning entrepreneurship -- it brings it all home,” she added.
Learn more about INCubatoredu at: www.incubatoredu.org.