BATAVIA – Batavia High School juniors and seniors in the INCubator Entrepreneurship course have been preparing all year for the final Pitch Night at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.
Similar to TV’s “Shark Tank,” the event is open to the community and will include teams of three and four students pitching their new products and services to real business professionals from the area.
The INCubator Entrepreneurship course from INCubatoredu offers BHS students a real entrepreneurship experience, a news release stated.
During class, students work in teams to create and fully develop a product or service, and local entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors. They guide student teams through lean startup processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses and adapting. The program also includes foundational business topics such as marketing, human resources, business law and finance.
“This is authentic learning for our students,” Brad Newkirk, Batavia School District 101 chief academic officer, stated in the release. “There are so many important skills that they are learning. They are problem-solving with every obstacle that comes their way – and there are plenty. They are thinking on their feet, having to pivot on ideas, and are constantly collaborating with each other, their team mentor, coaches and instructor. That’s real life and that’s exciting.”
The community is invited to the final Pitch Night at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1399 W. Wilson St., Batavia, on campus to find out which, if any, students will walk away funded business owners before high school graduation. The event is free and no tickets are necessary.
For information about Pitch Night, including event sponsorship opportunities, visit shawurl.com/39aa.