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LSA First Private School to Offer INCubatoredu Program in Texas

INCubatoredu: A Collaborative Learning Experience for High School Students

This fall, Lutheran South Academy became the first private school in the city of Houston, and one of the first in the state, to offer the INCubatoredu program, a program that offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. In this program, students have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the 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 and finance.

Over the course of the two semesters, students work in teams and learn by doing. They develop a business model canvas, gain market input on a minimum viable product, and iterate all elements to improve their business plan.
Students are taught by a team of 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 (2-4 days) to provide all students with a real-world context for a specific curricular area. The coach and classroom teacher plan and present together. Mentors are assigned to one team and guide them through the entire learning process providing students with feedback and encouragement.

The program culminates with a “Pitch” to a panel of “Shark Tank” investors. Student teams pitch their ideas to actual investors for funding to turn their business plans into reality during the summer and following school year. LSA students will have the opportunity to submit student teams to our National INCubatoredu Student Pitch Competition - held in summer - where winners are awarded funding.

Aaron Schneider
Lutheran South Academy