INCubator @ BHS

Batavia High School’s INCubator Entrepreneurship Program

Incubator Entrepreneurship coursework from INCubatoredu offers juniors and seniors a real entrepreneurship experience. During class, students have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Local entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through Lean Startup processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and further iteration. The program also includes foundational business topics such as marketing, human resources, business law, and finance.

Similar to the ABC television show, “Shark Tank,” the high school program culminates with a pitch by student teams to investors in hopes of funding to turn their business plans into reality.

How It Works

Over the course of two semesters, students work in teams and learn by doing. They develop a business model, gain market input, and test all elements rigorously to improve their business plan.

Students are taught by a team: volunteer coaches, mentors, and the classroom teacher.

Coaches provide authentic business expertise in a specific area. They come into the classroom for a short period of time (two to four days) to provide all students with a real-world context for a specific curricular area. The coach and classroom teacher plan and present together. The coach’s focus is on curricular content, not war stories.

Mentors are assigned to one team and follow them through the entire process, providing students with feedback and encouragement.

The Classroom Teacher is a certified teacher who manages the class and volunteers as well as provides continuity.

Course Modules

  • Unit 1: Ideation (competitive analysis, value proposition)
  • Unit 2: Customer Delivery (customer segmentation, marketing sizing)
  • Unit 3: Customer Connections (positioning, Internet marketing)
  • Unit 4: Dollars and Cents (pricing, estimating costs, financial modeling)
  • Unit 5: Building your MVP (Web/App development)
  • Unit 6: Validation/Experimentation (Business regulation, technology planning, legal)
  • Unit 7: Promotion (growth engine, sales and marketing planning)
  • Unit 8: Operations/Presentation (staffing/operations, insurance, finances, funding requests, pitch prep, pitch)

Based on Barrington High School’s successful Business Incubator Startup adopted in 2013, the Incubator Entrepreneurship course at Batavia High School is designed to create a foundational experience for high school students who plan to study entrepreneurship and business in college as well as for those students who will enter the workforce after graduating high school. The Batavia High School Incubator Entrepreneurship course also fulfills a Consumer Education requirement for graduation.

Share your career knowledge.
Be a volunteer coach or mentor!

To help facilitate this unique learning opportunity, BPS101 is now seeking entrepreneurs and business experts in the community to serve as volunteer coaches and mentors. Coaches and mentors work with the classroom teacher and play a critical role in guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, business plan development, and launch.

If you are interested in being a coach or mentor volunteer, please contact Brian Gamlin at brian.gamlin@bps101.net