The Whiteboard Incubator is not a typical summer program. We make small investments in companies owned and operated by high school students. Therefore, our application process is incredibly selective– if companies do not succeed, we do not succeed. There is no set number of students or companies that we will accept; some years will have larger classes, some years may only have one acceptance, some may have none at all.
Accepted companies and students will receive a package of services and support for our team of mentors, coaches, and experts. Companies accepted will be given office space in the CIC Cambridge, legal services, marketing and sales services, limited web and mobile development services. Housing and meals are not included but can be purchased.
Whiteboard Youth Ventures takes no equity in accepted ventures—founders own 100% of their companies. Instead, ventures will repay us for services provided only after predefined milestones are met. Each accepted company will have different milestones designed by our team. For example, a company may have a $10,000 sales milestone, after which point, the venture will repay us a royalty on each future sale until we have recouped our investment.
Our team has experience that spans multiple industries, including advertising, mobile, e-commerce, apparel, social-enterprise, B2B, gamification, consumer electronics, import/export, solar, and more. We place a heavier emphasis on companies with testable monetization plans.
Starting on December 1, we will be accepting requests for applications for the Whiteboard Incubator. Before a full application is sent to you, you must fill out the application request form. Applications for the Young Entrepreneur Challenge will also be accepted at this time.
First Round Acceptances
After reviewing our initial applications, we will accept our first round of companies for the Whiteboard Incubator. Accepted companies will have until January 30 to accept their spots, after which their spots will be released.
All candidates for the class must submit their applications by midnight on March 1. No applications will be reviewed or accepted after this date.
Final acceptances will be issued no later than March 10. Accepted students will have until March 15 to reserve their spots, after which point they will not be accepted. Students may defer their acceptance for one year.
Students are expected to be in Boston during the summer from June 25 until July 28. During this time, they will be provided with office space, mentors, and classes specifically designed to help their companies grow. Housing and meals are not included but may be purchased.
What is the Whiteboard Incubator?
The Whiteboard Incubator is a no-equity, no-tuition, four-week summer business program based in Cambridge, MA designed to help young founders prototype, validate their market, and begin the sales process.
What will happen during the Incubator?
Accepted students will spend the majority of their day working directly on their company, building and testing prototypes, conducting customer research, building pre-launch audiences, and selling. Throughout the Incubator, experts that work for Hubspot, Microsoft, Google, and various Boston-area startups will work hands on with students. Each day there will be a workshop designed to teach a specific skill, such as email marketing, A/B testing, responsive design, UI/UX, digital marketing, and financial projecting.
How is the Whiteboard Incubator different?
The Whiteboard Incubator is not a simulation of business, it is not about spending several weeks working on a pitch deck, and it is not a business plan program. We offer a true incubator experience, and we share in your success. That’s why there’s no tuition like other pay-to-play programs.
What is the selection criteria?
The Incubator is not an academic program, we are a business program. We look for makers, creators, and hustlers. Show us that your business concept has viability and that you are committed to its success.
Frank E. Pobutkiewicz
Frank has been working with high school students for the past ten years, as the Managing Director of Whiteboard Youth Ventures and the All-American Model United Nations Programs. He has launched or advised the launch of multiple companies, including an international not-for-profit, a consumer electronics company, his two education ventures, and a men’s fashion company, among others. In 2017, Frank will publish his first book Brick by Brick: How to Build a Business While in High School. He holds degrees in Business and International Relations from Boston University.
Education and Curriculum Advisor
Eliana Crosina is Doctoral Candidate in the Management and Organization Department at Boston College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College as well as a Master of Science in Organization Studies from Boston College. Her current research interests center on issues of identity in entrepreneurial contexts. Prior to her academic career she was an investment banker, and worked in the not-for profit sector for a decade.
James is the founder of and principal attorney for First Venture Legal, a Massachusetts law practice focusing on early-stage startups and small businesses. He specializes in helping with matters such as incorporation, drafting agreements, and early-stage financing on a fixed-cost basis.
Greg is the founder and CEO of PartsTech, a data aggregation platform that streamlines the location, evaluation, and order processes for wholesale automotive parts transactions for technicians and do it yourself mechanics. Greg attended Boston University and holds an MBA and JD from the University of Connecticut.
Phil is the founder and CEO of Code Undercover, a company that creates unique curricula for individuals to learn coding by focusing the course on building the student’s idea, and the Associate Director of Technology at the Harvard i-lab. He lectures on coding at leading institutions including Harvard Business School, Boston College, Tufts, and MassChallenge.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience working in finance and analytics since his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. He currently works as a part time COO/CFO for small and medium sized businesses.
Alex Nguyen was the co-founder and COO of Jugo, a corporate gamification company based in Spain. Before entering the startup world, Alex received a JD and is an admitted member of the California State Bar. His competencies include IP law, startup operations, gamification, and business development.
Christine is the Principal of Social Impact Strategies, a Boston-based research and consulting firm working with clients to develop, practice, and advance sustainable models for addressing social and environmental challenges. She is incredibly active in the Boston startup community, mentoring winning teams and businesses at MassChallenge and Cleantech Open.
Customer Acquisition Coach
Rob graduated from Monsignor Farrell Boys High School, then from Villanova University where he studied Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Business Analytics. Previously, he owned a full service web design and Internet marketing company before working at PwC as a data analytics consultant. His entrepreneurial interests are now focused on the fashion space. Rob currently works at HubSpot in Cambridge, MA.
Dariush works for LovePop Cards, a 3D greeting card company featured on Shark Tank, as their R&D and Prototyping Manager. He is also the founder of artlovefame and has in the past managed a maker space, where he gained experience working with 3D printers, laser cutters, and other rapid prototyping technology.
Andrew has extensive experience in startup sales, scaling, and technology. He is currently the CEO and cofounder of benja, the first true merchandise ad network that works with big brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Patagonia to sell their excess inventory across several proprietary channels. He served as the director of the Global Startup Challenge Boston in 2015 and currently assists as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.