Incubator

Delbarton Incubator

Entrepreneurial Workshop

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This is a hands-on, self-directed class where students will demonstrate creativity and problem solving skills. In teams of 3, students will come up with a product idea and develop a business around that product.  Teams will work independently, pursuing their business just like they would in the real world. They have a budget to work with and by the end of the year are expected to have a working prototype, a business plan and a website and other social media.  Throughout the year, alumni, who are successful entrepreneurs, will come in to consult with the teams and offer feedback and advice.

Some Topics Covered:

  • CAD
  • Prototype Development, Testing and Improvement
  • 3D printing
  • Building a website/ Social media
  • Photoshop work Photography
  • Setting up e-commerce
  • Video production
  • Injection molding / Mass production
  • Product Conception and Validation
  • Common Business Structures
  • Business Ethics
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • Funding sources
  • Writing a business plan
  • Business spreadsheets
  • Fixed and variable expenses
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Role of social media in marketing
  • Selling and E-commerce options
  • Developing your Pitch
  • Forming the groups
  • Assigning roles
  • Getting the work done.
  • Dealing with disagreements
  • Recognizing strengths and weaknesses
  • Value of skillsets
  • Evaluating feedback

Instruction:

The class will consist of full class lessons, small group instruction, articles, guest speakers/consultants and links to resources.  This course will not show them exactly how to do everything, but will give them a framework and the resources to figure out how to do it.  The struggle is part of the process.  They won’t be micro-managed, but they will have to meet certain benchmarks by specific dates. The teacher will facilitate the process, provide regular feedback on the progress and work, and be available as a business advisor/product development consultant.

For more information contact Dave Martin at dmartin@delbarton.org

Computer Science Dept.

Mr. David Martin
Computer Science Chairperson
dmartin@delbarton.org

 

Ms. Janet Steen
Computer Science Teacher
jsteen@delbarton.org