The Benefit of Entrepreneurship in High School

A focus on entrepreneurship in high school can provide opportunities beyond the classroom.  Partnerships and community engagement are important elements of INCubatoredu.  These relationships can deliver enduring value to students.

2016-07-20 INC Summit 2017 - National Pitch 12In one example, INCubatoredu Member Schools are working with local colleges and universities to streamline pathways to higher learning.

These colleges and universities are taking note of the strong student outcomes the curriculum delivers, and as a result, they are offering INCubatoredu students significant value in recognition of their advanced learning.

The rigorous INCubatoredu high school entrepreneurship curriculum prepares students with content skills and knowledge, mindset and behaviors that are increasingly recognized by higher education partners.

In fact, college-level credit is being offered to students who have enrolled and successfully completed INCubatoredu classes. 

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Below is a list of colleges and universities that are offering credit or other incentives to INCubatoredu graduates. This list is not exhaustive, and several additional higher education partnerships and credit articulation agreements are currently in progress across the country.


INCubatoredu Partnerships in Student Entrepreneurship

Harper College (Palatine, IL)

Awards Prior Learning Credit to INCubatoredu graduates from Districts 211, 214, and 220 who successfully demonstrate proficiency of required knowledge and competencies.

McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, IL)

Awards Dual Credit to INCubatoredu graduates from McHenry County high schools who attend a required, half-day business and entrepreneurship conference on the MCC campus.

Miami University (Oxford, OH) 

Waives the $50 application fee for INCubatoredu graduates. (And is a contributor to INCubatoredu curriculum.)  INCubatoredu alum, Kat Mena is making waves at Miami...

Millikin University, John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship (Decatur, IL)

Awards Proficiency Credit for the 3-credit BU100 Business Creation course and 1-credit BU111 Team Dynamics course and grants the ability to enroll in 200-level entrepreneurship courses upon admission to Millikin University for INCubatoredu graduates earning a B- or better over both semesters. Offers a Rockstar Entrepreneur Scholarship of $10,000 ($2,500 per academic year for four years) for all 2019 and 2020 INCubatoredu National Pitch Competition Finalists to be applied toward full-time undergraduate study at Millikin University. 

National Louis University (Chicago, IL)

Awards Dual Credit to INCubatoredu students enrolled in the course in District 214. As a result, D214 graduating students may obtain their undergraduate degree in Business Administration at NLU in as little as three years.

Northern Virginia Community College (VA)

Awards Dual Credit for the 3-credit BUS165 Small Business Management course to INCubatoredu graduates from the Loudon Academy of Engineering and Technology.

Triton Community College (River Grove, IL)

Awards Dual Credit for the 3-credit BUS136 Entrepreneurship course for INCubatoredu students in Leyden High School District 212.


Student Agency, Student Access

This is just one way that we aim to provide students access to opportunities that extend beyond high school and support 'what's next'.

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Empower your students with critical skills and ignite community involvement with this program.  Skills learned here support a student's future in career or college-readiness.  Read more about one district's journey in bringing this entrepreneurship program to students and how it inspired students' journeys.


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