The IMSA Entrepreneurship Program is a collection of applied learning experiences designed to inspire entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. Using design thinking and Lean Startup methodologies, the program provides participants with experiences that inspire and challenge them to explore and create inventive solutions to real-world problems facing their communities.
Youth-led/Lean Start-up based program for participants to incubate their ideas and meet business mentors.
The Young Entrepreneur
Asynchronous online, self-paced program teaching the basics of product development and entrepreneurship. Program completion will qualify student for Power Pitch.
Annual student business idea pitch competition held in April each year.
IMSA Power Pitch is a Business/Idea Pitch Competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Young entrepreneurs from across the United States are encouraged to apply to what is considered one of the best business/idea pitch competitions in the region. The competition is hosted by the Steven and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois. Watch this years virtual event here.
Industry partner dedicated business projects, student-independent projects and professional business mentors for students. Apply here to be a project team (IMSA students only).
TALENT Ignite Summer Entrepreneurship Program
June 27-July 1, 2022, 9am to 12pm Virtually
The TALENT (Total Applied Learning for Entrepreneurs) Ignite Summer Camp teaches students from 6th-9th grade the fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship, to equip students with the necessary mindset and skills to develop their own product ideas. The concepts taught include: ideation, branding, market research, pitching, and much more. Modules are a mixture of lecture and activity-based learning; this interactive approach promotes active participation from students, encouraging deeper understanding of the material. The camp will culminate with a pitch competition judged by experienced entrepreneurs. The TALENT Ignite Summer Program will be separated into two age-specific groups: 6th-7th grade and 8th-9th grade. This will ensure an age-appropriate maturity level in each group.
This camp is led by student facilitators from the IMSA TALENT (Total Applied Learning for Entrepreneurs) program who are experienced and knowledgeable guides in the creation of marketable ideas.