The Incuba8 High School Program is all about igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship in students.
OUR PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
Our program runs for six weeks in the marketing and merchandising classes at Dow High School and Midland High School. It kicks off with concept identification. Students start by going through the process of finding a need that aligns with customer pain points and market opportunities.
The students form teams around an idea. Each group works together to develop a one page executive summary, conceptual prototype and 3 minute pitch which is performed live for local investors and entrepreneurial experts.
The program involves a half-day prototyping field trip at Incuba8LABS where students work directly with mentors and people who have gone through the prototyping process.
Our teams have submitted their executive summaries to the University of Iowa’s BizInnovator competition. Each team has three people from the community review their executive summary before it is submitted. Our students have placed in the BizInnovator competition every year since our program has started in 2015.
The Incuba8 High School Program wraps up with a field trip and pitch day competition.
In the past three years we have had 62 teams and over 230 students from Dow High School, Midland High School, and the Midland Academy participate in our program. Our teams that placed in the University of Iowa’s BizInnovator’s competition are:
2017 - Finalists: Stick N Safe (DHS), Easy Scooper (DHS), Ball No Fall (DHS), ClipThat (DHS)
Winners: Stick N Safe (1st place, $1500), Clip That (3rd place, $500)
2016 - Finalist: iVolunteer (DHS)
2015 - Finalists : CacoonMocks (DHS), Penorganized (DHS), Atlantis Fins (DHS)
Winner: CacoonMocks - (3rd place, $500)