(L to R) New Trier High School sophomores Camille Scrine, Cole Jiaras and Lauren Schwaab received $11,000 to make their small business dreams a reality after placing 1st runners-up in The Next Launch, a regional business pitch competition for high school students at the Indiana IoT Lab on May 16, 2018. The entrepreneurship students and fellow team member Ethan Lestrud, who could not attend the competition, created “Spark,” a mobile app that will allow homeowners to sell parking spaces for one-time events on their driveway or in their garage.
New Trier Business Education teachers, in partnership with the Foundation, have brought INCubatoredu to the classroom to provide students with real world entrepreneurship experience. INCubatoredu — a nationally recognized program that provides a specialized curriculum to hundreds of member schools in over a dozen states — provides online instructional materials, consultation on how the classroom is designed, a coaching and mentoring framework, and professional development resources for teachers and volunteers.
In this year-long course, students have the opportunity to fully develop their product or service. Business experts from the community serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes. At the end of the school year, each team presents at Pitch Night to a group of local entrepreneurs and business leaders mimicking ABC’s popular business pitch show, “Shark Tank.”