Six enterprising high school students were rewarded for their ingenuity as the winners of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Challenge last month.
Eighty students, most working in teams, pitched their business plans in poster-style presentations. Five finalist teams were invited to present their plans to a panel of eight judges with established careers in the finance industry.
Winners earned cash prizes. The winners were:
First Place – Rohan Jakhete, South Fork High School, H2O Analytics
Jakhete designed and built water-sampling devices that map mercury concentrations in waterways and drinking water. Rather than manually collecting water samples at one or two locations, approximately 100 floating devices can be placed in a lake or other body of water to test more locations more frequently. As the water quality data is collected from several bodies of water, Jakhete can create a large database of water samples. That database may be marketable.
Second Place – Amy Heaton and Riley Taylor, The King’s Academy, ClearWrite
ClearWrite’s product, Invisinote, is a transparent sticky note made out of intercepted ocean plastics. The transparent sticky notes allow students to take notes in textbooks without damaging them or affecting the resale value. They also solve the problem of taking notes without covering up the book’s content.
Third Place – Alice Teixiera, Callahan Burton, Matthew Simon, The King’s Academy, Employr
Employr is an app that helps people find and apply for jobs in the quickest and most convenient way. Applicants fill out one resume, and the app finishes the work, lining up jobs for which the applicant is best-suited. Employers have a packaging option, which reduces the cost of searching for skilled and motivated employees compared to other job-searching platforms.
The judges were Peter Bono, Peter F. Bono Wealth Planning Solutions, Inc.; Jim Dullum, senior partner, Fieldstone Equity; Putnam Kling ’10, director, wealth management, Spearhead Capital; John Patten, retired vice president of TD Bank; Mark Parks, CPA, CFO of West Palm Beach; Kim Ratterree, senior vice president, PNC Bank; Anthony Giacalone, CPA, HBK and Rita Weller ’92 M.B.A. ’95, owner and president, The Danica Group.
Seaside Brew owner Amy Schatzmann ’18 gave the keynote address.
Photo: High school students present their business proposals for the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business’ entrepreneurial challenge.