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The St. Patrick Business Incubator program offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. In this program, students have the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Real entrepreneurs and business experts serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the Lean Startup processes of developing business concepts, and testing and adapting them. The program also includes foundational business topics such as marketing, finance, sales and operations.

Business Incubator’s key points of distinction include:

Learn by Doing

Over the course of 2 semesters, students work in teams and learn by doing. They develop a business model canvas, gain market input on a minimum viable product, and iterate all elements to improve their business plan.

Students are Taught by a Team

Volunteer coaches, mentors, and the classroom teacher play an integral role in educating the student entrepreneurs. Coaches provide authentic business expertise in a specific area. They come into the classroom for a short period of time (2-3 days) to provide students with real world context for a specific business discipline. The coach and teacher plan and present together. Mentors are assigned to one team and support them through the entire business start-up process providing students with feedback and encouragement throughout the year, meeting with the team every other week. The teacher manages the class and volunteers


If you are interested in becoming part of the Business Incubator team as a coach or mentor, please feel free to contact Mr. Paul Best at

5900 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634