IMSA Entrepreneurship

The IMSA Entrepreneurship Program is a collection of applied learning experiences designed to inspire entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. Using design thinking and Lean Startup methodologies, the program provides participants with experiences that inspire and challenge them to explore and create inventive solutions to real-world problems facing their communities.


Youth-led/Lean Start-up based program for participants to incubate their ideas and meet business mentors

The Young Entrepreneur

Asynchronous online, self-paced program teaching the basics of product development and entrepreneurship.  Program completion will qualify student for Power Pitch.

Shutdown Challenges

Monthly, deadline-driven, idea/concept development challenges with prizes.

Power Pitch 2021

Annual student business idea pitch competition.

IMSA Power Pitch is a Business/Idea Pitch Competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Young entrepreneurs from across the Midwest are encouraged to apply to what is considered one of the best business/idea pitch competitions in the region. The competition is hosted by the Steven and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois. Registration for Power Pitch 2021 is now open and we are accepting applications until Sunday, February 28th, 2021 @ 11:59 PM.

Register your team here.

Project Teams

Industry partner dedicated business projects, student-independent projects and professional business mentors for students

Apply here to be a project team