• High School District 214’s Entrepreneurship Program engages students in the everyday business of creating ideas and building companies. Launched in all six of our comprehensive high schools, it relies on the expertise of local partners with professional roots in a variety of areas – from marketing and branding to finance and business development – who co-teach alongside District 214 teachers to deliver relevant entrepreneurship education. Working in teams as they would in a real business setting, students solve problems and develop solutions. 

    Startup Showcase is the culmination of a year of critical thinking, collaboration and inspiration. Groups will pitch their ideas to judges for a shot at a financial award to further their postsecondary plans.

    Six teams of entrepreneurs will now pitch their businesses to an expert panel of judges for the chance to win $2,500 for their team and a free internship experience, all made possible with the financial support of the District 214 Education Foundation.


    Ken Thompson, Founder and Managing Director, Level X Consulting
    Margarita Geleske, Chief Evangelist, Incubator Edu
    Larry Moats, President and Owner, Moats Office Properties
    Todd Witherow, Director, Targeting Systems, Northrop Grumman and D14 Educational Foundation Trustee


    Tonight’s StartUp Showcase presentation order was predetermined by a drawing.


    6:10…Wheeling High School   |   CoKid Masks: Sarah Ruschke

    6:30…Prospect High School   |   FittX: Jack Doyle, Annika Erickson, Pierce Finnerty, Max Halpern, Cole Lannert and Paige Runkle

    6:50…Elk Grove High School   |   Lean Layout: Taylor Schulz, Elizabeth Wirtz and Gabriel Trejo

    7:10…John Hersey High School    Shady Tek: Lauren Bayer, Lauren Birch and Mary Cummings

    7:30…Rolling Meadows High School   |   Nightscape: Jack Chaney, Shizuki Hara, Gage Lockley and Lukas Paisley

    7:50…Buffalo Grove High School   |   Clog Cop: Allison Finn, Melissa Diaz, Alexandra Oteana and Christine Yuan

    8:10…Judges Deliberation and Refreshments

    8:45…Presentation of Awards


    Our Career Pathway programs and opportunities rely on the support of business partners and individuals across our community. Together, we are preparing students for a 21st century we can’t yet imagine. A special thank you goes out to our teachers, coaches and mentors, sponsors, and tonight’s judges. We couldn’t do this work without you.

    If you are interested in becoming involved with supporting Career Pathway education and opportunities for District 214 students, please contact the District 214 Partnership Manager, Kathy Wicks, kathy.wicks@d214.org or (847) 718-7483.

    Financial contributions empowering Career Pathways like those showcased tonight,  innovation and student success are possible through the District 214 Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the District beyond the limitations of conventional funding for public education. Sponsorships, namings, directed and planned gifts, scholarships and more are available. 

    For more information, visit www.214foundation.org or contact Executive Director Erin Holmes, erin.holmes@d214.org or (847) 718-7688. 

    Help us fund the future.


    National Louis University and High School District 214 Education Foundation