Entrepreneurship

IMSA Entrepreneurship

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.

TALENT

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.

Shutdown Challenges

Monthly, deadline-driven, idea/concept development challenges with prizes.

Power Pitch

Annual student business idea pitch competition.

ABOUT
IMSA Power Pitch is a Business/Idea Pitch Competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Young entrepreneurs from across the Midwest 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. Registration for Power Pitch 2021 is now closed.  

Project Teams

Industry partner dedicated business projects, student-independent projects and professional business mentors for students

Apply here to be a project team

TALENT Ignite Summer Entrepreneurship Program – Virtual

July 26-30, 2021 from 9am to 12pm

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.

Registration opens Monday March 29, 2021 at Noon.

Register here for the Talent Ignite Summer Entrepreneurship Program.  Apply for a need based scholarship here.