Business INCubator

INCubatoredu offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience
as students build a business in this year-long course. 

We're excited to be partnering with INCubatoredu to bring this authentic, rigorous entrepreneurial education opportunity to York High School.

INCubatoredu’s program accelerates learning for students by:
● Blending the Lean Startup process with foundational business topics
● Providing authentic, real-world learning opportunities
● Using hands-on problem solving
● Fostering team teaching opportunities with the classroom teacher, coaches, and mentors
● Providing ongoing professional development for classroom teachers and volunteers

Learn more about the INCubator program at

CLICK HERE to view the course syllabus. 


As a cornerstone of the INCubatoredu program community involvement offers a chance for students to have authentic, real-life experience with working business professionals. Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the Lean Startup processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving. This cycle of experimentation is combined with foundational business concepts such as marketing and finance.

There are a variety of ways to get involved! 

Mentors are paired with one student team for the year. They help facilitate learning by leading students to answer their own questions. Mentors should be good at asking questions and facilitating team dynamics. Mentors meet with their student team for about one hour each week. These meetings can be virtual or face to face. Mentors are matched with teams in September. 

Coaches work with students in the classroom to learn course material. Coaches share their personal business expertise through lectures and activities in the INCubator classroom. Coaches work with the classroom teacher to review and revise materials, lessons, and activities planned for the days you are in class. Coach led lessons can be a once per year commitment. Lesson duration is 2-5 days depending on the lesson and are presented during the three class periods of Business INCubator. For more information about timeframe and lesson topics please visit the volunteer link below. 

The Board of Advisors is a group of volunteer business professionals and entrepreneurs who offer strategic direction to student teams. These volunteers will be in the classroom two times in the school year for the MVP Pitch and Final Pitch. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about INCubator volunteering.


INCubator Volunteers Needed!

The York High School Business INCubator program is excited to launch the second year of this unique entrepreneurship course! 
We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as mentors and/or coaches to the York INCubator students. We have a particular need for additional mentors this year due to our growing program! Mentors are matched with one student team for the year as they work through the process of designing and launching their own real world business. They help facilitate learning by asking questions, helping students seek answers to their business questions, and facilitating team dynamics. 
The mentor time commitment is approximately one hour each week in a virtual or in-person setting at a time that fits your schedule. We also have additional opportunities for coaching that allow our volunteers to bring their unique business expertise to a lesson or unit taught during the year. 
If interested in serving as a volunteer in any capacity, please contact Steve Haderlein, the York Incubator teacher: Email Mr. Haderlein click here
It has been amazing to watch the inventiveness and ingenuity of our students as they work through the challenge of developing a viable business and put it into action. We would love to have you be a part of the Business INCubator class! If you have questions about INCubator volunteering please feel free to contact Mr. Haderlein or Mr. Lech. 


Scott Grens
Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Growth
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Shahe Bagdasarian
York High School Principal
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Bill Lech
Career, Technical, and Physical Education Division Chair
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Steve Haderlein
Business INCubator teacher
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