BUSINESS INCUBATORThe Business INCubator program
offers students an authentic entrepreneurial experience. In this program, 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 Lean Startup 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 concepts such as marketing and finance.
- Current student teams
- The curriculum
- How to volunteer as a coach, mentor or board of advisors member
- Pitch Night
Business Incubator Brochure
How can you get involved?
We are looking for dynamic community members who have experience starting up their own business, working for a startup business, and/or a general understanding of business. There are varying levels of time commitments and involvement, including coaches, who work with the teacher to present a lesson over the course of a few class periods, to mentors, who work with students weekly via in person meetings, email, phone, etc. to help mold and shape their idea.
Coaches are subject matter experts who present with the classroom teacher to help deliver a lesson. Lessons will be presented over 1 to 3 days. No planning necessary with lesson plans already developed. See a sample lesson plan
Mentors provide feedback and work one-on-one with a team of students to help develop their ideas. Typically, mentors meet with their group once a week throughout the school year.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
The board of advisors offer student teams strategic evaluation at two events per semester, Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and Final Pitch Days.
We recommend all volunteers understand the methodologies of The Lean Startup
by Eric Ries. A great book to read to familiarize yourself prior to working with our students as a volunteer is Running Lean
, by Ash Maurya.
Are you interested in volunteering in our program?
Please take some time to complete the Volunteer Interest Form
to tell us about yourself. You will be added to our list of volunteers and contacted by a member of our staff as a follow up.