Mark Your Calendars

PITCH NIGHT will be on May 31, 2019.

What is the LFHS Business Incubator?

Growing entrepreneurs, one idea at a time

The LFHS Foundation has partnered with Lake Forest High School to create the Business Incubator.  Starting in Fall 2014, this Junior level Honors course in the Business Department offers students a unique opportunity to be true entrepreneurs by creating and developing their own product or service. Students are coached and mentored by real entrepreneurs and business experts from our community. During the yearlong course, student teams learn about ideation, marketing, accounting, human resources, as well as the legal aspects of running a business. Principles and processes from the LEAN concept help students test their thinking. To further inspire creativity, the customized classroom (Business Incubator) is designed to ignite brainstorming and foster collaboration as they develop products and services for the real world.   The course culminates in Pitch Night a “Shark-Tank” style presentation where student teams present their innovative ideas to a Board of Directors for the chance to earn funding for their businesses. Part of this process also includes the student teams working to create promotional materials, press releases, and to solicit potential investors to attend Pitch Night.

Teams that are funded during Pitch Night then have the option to continue on with the process of starting up their business during the second year program, Business Accelerator – a Senior level honors business class.

Individuals interested in partnering with the LFHS Business Incubator program should contact Nikki Rhomberg at lfhsfoundationbi@gmail.com.

Students interested in enrolling in the Business Incubator should speak with their guidance counselor for more information.

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 2018 Pitch Night


Safe and Sound Spray

Click here to read a Chicago Tribune article about the success of Safe and Sound Spray, one of the student teams from the LFHS Business Incubator.

And watch their pitch to QVC March 2018.

More news about Safe and Sound Spray continuing to grow

Business Incubator Success Story


Business Incubator Video

Please enjoy the attached video from the LFHS New Media Department and
edited by Incubator Student Jaxon Mills

 Business Incubator Course Video


Pitch Nights

2017

Three student groups, out of four who presented, were funded at the end of the night
at the third annual Pitch Night on May 25, 2017  at LFHS.


Big Top

is built off of a platform called Ion 360. Ion 360 is a charging smartphone case with an attachable 360 camera. What their company does is manipulate millennial minds to come up with utilities to add onto the charging smartphone case. The first one they came with up is an attachable speaker. It goes on the top of the Ion 360 charging case.

Founded By: A Caputo, E Hoshino, P Jannotta and R Wasserman

Mentor: R Garriques

 

 

 

Generation Integration

provides a website that links high school students looking for community service to senior living homes to better the social atmosphere and create positive and meaningful relationships between the generations.

Founded By: C Bloom, J Bukhardt, T Conley, S Silvernail

Mentor: B Gariano

 

 

Lightning Bug

is an on demand babysitting app that instantly provides reliable babysitters to parents with children ages 0-12 who want to go out, without the hassle of planning and finding a babysitter in advance.

Founded By: M DaValle, L Edwards, G Geraghty, J Norkus and C Wilbur

Mentor: P Best

 

 

 


2016

Two student groups, out of five who presented, were each funded a total of $20,000 at the end of the night
at the second annual Pitch Night on May 26, 2016  at LFHS.

Safe & Sound

Safe & Sound Spray is continuing on with Senior interns in a Senior level business class
(while the business co-owners continue to work from college) to further their ideas and to grow their business.

and

Peach Academics

 


2015

The student group funded at the first annual Pitch Night on May 28, 2015  at LFHS was High School Hired.