The Florence High School Talon Entrepreneurship and Marketing (TEAM) Academy recently initiated a new program aimed at the academy's eleventh grade entrepreneurship students. The HatchIt Business Incubator program is designed to support students in their entrepreneurial interests by providing financial support, technology resources, specialized instruction and introduction to project management concepts.
As part of HatchIt, business students utilize "pop up shops" at home football games. The plan is for the budding entrepreneurs to offer their products at FHS events, as well as local community events like Florence Day.
"This project allows students to examine skills that will help them personally, professionally - or both - when they leave high school. Right now, we are exploring ventures that are more common, like food products, clothing or jewelry. The hope is that, by building confidence, students will pursue more innovative ventures as their entrepreneurial skills grow," said Dre' Helms, TEAM Academy lead instructor. "We want these students leaving us with skills that can help in a career after high school or, even better, provide an income source for them while they attend college."
The TEAM Business Academy, originally named the Talon Marketing and Design Academy, was implemented at FHS in the fall of 2012. Since then, more than one hundred Academy completers have graduated and either continued their education or entered into business ventures as careers. The TEAM Academy is a four-year program that provides selected students intensive, hands-on instruction in various business disciplines over their high school academic career. The academy also operates The Sip of the South, a school store and coffee shop on campus.
For more information about the TEAM Academy, to mentor Academy students, or to donate unwanted items for repurposing by Entrepreneurship students, call Florence High School at 601-845-2205.