Start-Up Experience

Two-day entrepreneurial workshop teaches enterprising students how to convert challenging problems into business opportunities.

More than 40 CCHS students engaged in a two-day entrepreneurial workshop where they were given a framework to look at problems as opportunities regardless of vocation, passion or interest.

Working with the founder of ‘The Startup Experience’ Henrik Scheel and local mentors comprised of CCHS alumni, parents, and local residents with direct experience creating companies, organizations, and non-profits, ten teams of 4-5 students worked diligently for 14 hours over two days to develop concepts with market value. Students rode the entrepreneurial rollercoaster all the way from problem identification and ideation, to research and design, to pitching their ideas and prototypes to a panel of judges, performing exceptionally well in a Shark-Tank style format.

The success of the Startup Experience has jumpstarted the entrepreneurial spirit at CCHS and built momentum for similar initiatives as well as new opportunities for students to work across disciplines, tackle relevant challenges and learn new skills to navigate their future endeavors


March 2016 & 2017


Creative Thinking and Problem Solving


CCHS Students


Michael Vela, CCHS Science Department Chair