BATAVIA – The INCubator Entrepreneurship Program at Batavia High School seeks entrepreneurs and business experts to serve as volunteer coaches, mentors and business resources.
Volunteers work with the classroom teacher and play a critical role in guiding student teams through the course. The program, led by instructor Dennis Piron and chaired by Robert Hubbard, is offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Students create and fully develop their product or service. The yearlong program culminates with a pitch by student teams to local business professionals.
Mentors follow one team through the entire course, connecting with students weekly – either during class or outside of class via small-group meetings, email or video calls. Coaches provide expertise in a specific area and come into the classroom for a total of one to five days.
Business resource volunteers can help out in various ways, such as business networking, judging pitch competitions, hosting on-site student visits, preparing INCubator students for presentations and speaking at a career fair. Interested volunteers should complete the brief form at bit.ly/2u4jCet. For information, visit bps101.net/programs/incubator-bhs.