Entrepreneurship program gives Mustangs hands-on opportunities

Sara Mills – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS career, technology, and business teacher Sharelies Rodriguez lead the INCubatoredu program

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS is offering the INCubatoredu Program in the 2022-23 school year as part of the international marketing program.

The program allows Mustangs the opportunity to create and develop their own products or services.

The course is the second step in the international marketing program and is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have successfully completed marketing essentials.

Mustangs are offered authentic entrepreneurship experience, where real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors helping guide student teams. This helps students learn adaptability, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving.

LRHS senior Jennifer Cotton said, “Individuals go through a step-by-step process of designing and launching a business. This course allows for entrepreneurship and new ideas to flow where any product that you dream of launching can become a reality.”

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They do this through the lean startup processes of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses, adapting, and continually learning and improving, all combined with foundational business such as marketing and finance.

LRHS career, technology, and business teacher Sharelies Rodriguez said, “I believe that the program gives Mustangs real life experiences for the future. The knowledge they obtain will open the door for them to open a business or work for one after they take the class.”

INCubatoredu creates a foundational experience for high school students who plan to study entrepreneurship and business in college as well as for those students who enter the workforce after graduating from high school.

Senior Noah Hofing said, “This project is a chance to learn and develop skills as an entrepreneur and develop skills into your own entrepreneurial experience and so they had us great our own project and create every aspect to starting a business.”