Where Entrepreneurship STARTS in High School



TALENT is an extra-curricular inquiry learning program helping Illinois high school students get new business ventures off the ground. The CoolHub.IMSA project space is used to promote events, encourage collaboration and communication with IMSA alumni, entrepreneurs and investors. Much of the prototyping work takes place outside CoolHub.IMSA in workshops, labs and focus groups.

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Schedule Fall 2014 and beyond

Aug 25, 8-9 pm, Internship Information Night | More Here

Sept 8, 8-9 pm, Office Hours with Jim and Carl (Mentorship Students)

Sept 9, 4-10 pm, Field Trip to Techstars Demo Day (Chicago)

Sept 17, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Internship Open House at 1871

Sept 22, 7:30-9 pm, Power Pitch Demo Night - Vote for your Favorite Startup

Sept 29, 8-9 pm Dane Christianson, creator of the XCube

Oct 6, 8-9 pm, Ravi Pilla, co-founder of Study Cloud

Oct 20, 8-9 pm Ryan Eberhart and Josh Metnick, ANVIL

Oct 27, 8-9 pm IP Law with Reggie Champagne and Paul Rodriguez

Nov 3, 8-9 pm Ideas Night  (share your idea)

Nov 10, 8-9 pm Fameus Focus Group

Nov 17, 8-9 pm Startup Primer - Core Concepts for Start Ups

Dec 1, 8-9 pm BOSI and Ventures to Vultures MashUp

Dec 8, 8-9 pm CAC-LTV, Networking, Fundraising and Exit Strategies

Jan 5-9  Intersessions: Lifecycle of a Start Up, So you want to be a CEO?

Jan 12, 8-9 pm Anatomy of a Pitch (Practice your Teaser)

Jan 26, 8-9 pm How to End a Pitch (Practice your Ask)

Jan 31 Deadline: Power Pitch Applications

Feb 2, 8-9 pm (Snow Day, session was cancelled)

Feb 9, 8-9 pm  Your MVP (Value Prop and Features), Practice

Feb 23, 8-9 pm Business Model, Practice

Mar 2, 8-9 pm  Pitch Coaching

Mar 9, 6-9 pm Power Pitch Prelims at IMSA

Mar 16, 8-9 pm Power Pitch Debrief and Next Steps

Apr 20, 6-9 pm Power Pitch Finals at 1871


Watch here for the Spring Internship Open House on an I.Day at 1871.




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