Novus CLUB

Building a generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Empowering the next generation of digital entrepreneurs

Novus is committed to building a generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs by empowering the youth of today with the skills needed to succeed tomorrow.

Our Values

Novus Club hosts events and develops programming that is accessible, inclusive, and valuable to students from all backgrounds.

Barrier-free

Novus Club actively works to develop corporate partnerships that keeps fees affordable for students from all backgrounds.

Skills Gap

Over 90% of Pitch Day participants are interested in pursuing higher education in business or computer science.

Inclusion

Novus Club works with partner schools to develop and distribute inclusive marketing material that appeals to students from all backgrounds.

Pitch Day 2021

In 2021, Novus Club brought over 100 talented high school entrepreneurs together virtually to pitch their startups to industry practitioners for a seed investment prize. Students who attended Pitch Day experienced an amazing opportunity to learn, create, and grow.

Pitch Day

Annually, Novus Club partners with Chicago-local companies to host a pitch competition for high school students in the Chicagoland area.

Professional Networking

At Pitch Day, students have the unique opportunity to hear from talented speakers and interact with seasoned judges who come from Chicagoland’s startup community.

Seed Investment Prize

The top 3 performers at Novus Club’s annual Pitch Day receive a small seed investment prize that they can use to further develop their startup.

Workshops

At Pitch Day, students have an opportunity to attend workshops hosted by seasoned industry practitioners who often speak to their careers in tech/business, paths they took to get there, and notable industry trends.

Workshops

Students competing at Pitch Day are responsible for developing a business plan, minimum viable product, and pitch -- their work is guided by their teachers in the classroom and scored by the standards we set in our competitive event guidelines.