During the 2017 spring grant cycle FCF helped to fund the start-up costs of bringing the nationally acclaimed INCubatoredu entrepreneurship to Freeport High School.
The INCubatoredu entrepreneurship course is designed to get students excited about becoming true entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts serve as coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business model development. Over the course of a year, student teams learn about marketing and finance, as well as the legal aspects of starting a business. They have access to a network of professionals to further develop their skills (teamwork, problem solving, presentation, communication) for college and career readiness. The program culminates with Pitch Week. Pitch Week helps to further fire the entrepreneurial spirit by putting student teams in front of actual investors so they can pitch their innovative idea to win funding and turn their wishful thinking into a reality.
For the 2018 spring grant cycle, Freeport Community Foundation helped to expand INCubatoredu entrepreneurship to two middle school programs, one designed for the 5/6 level and one designed for the 7/8 level. The 5/6 modules will be taught at Carl Sandburg on the “wheel” rotation of options for students which changes quarterly. At Freeport Middle School, the 7/8 modules will be taught as a semester elective that students may choose.