About Uncharted Learning

Just as our programs teach students how to identify a problem and create a solution, Uncharted Learning’s inception story is central to that principle too.

We saw firsthand what our children were being taught alongside the backdrop of a changing 21st century. Today’s growing economy craves young professionals with innovative ideas and the skills to make things happen. We saw an opportunity for in our community - to teach students the necessary skills to create their own business in today’s rapidly-changing world.

So, we went for it.

We bent the ears of several local entrepreneurs and community stakeholders. We proposed “what if” scenarios to teachers, admin, and school district officials. We drew from our own experience as entrepreneurs and studied business incubators and programs aimed at fostering soft skills in education. We leaned on business leaders to help for support.  We created curriculum and added professional development to encourage teacher empowerment. We wrote, we sketched, we built, and we eventually launched our very first INCubatoredu program at Barrington High School in Barrington, IL in 2013.

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Within a few short months, neighboring districts & education leaders started to take note.

They saw the INCubatoredu program as a potential way to solve problems or fill gaps within their own schools, and reached out.  More than anything, student impact and engagement is what added fuel to our fire and made our mission so crystal clear.  What started in Barrington was spreading and growing. Watching students light up through the INCubatoredu experience, and re-engage in the classroom was validation we were on the right path.

Can we create a movement? We’re working on it.

INCubatoredu is just one program in the Uncharted Learning entrepreneurial suite.  As schools learned about our program, the conversation about students' exposure to entrepreneurship earlier in education became more prevalent.  So, we added elementary and middle school programs that foster the skills, behaviors and mindsets to scaffold the entrepreneurial spirit.  As a not-for-profit, we continue to expand courses offerings and experiential learning in critical areas to build entrepreneurial skills - like coding and 21st-century marketing.   We aim to chart new territory, supporting schools and students every step of the way.

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Schools in 22 states plus Japan & Mexico