High School Entrepreneurs Won $30,000 in seed funding for two winning startups
CHICAGO, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unexplored learninga national non-profit organization committed to helping students build resilience and problem-solving skills through entrepreneurship, congratulates the two winning teams, PharmAssist from Westlake High School in Texas and TuffToy from the Harker School in Californiaas well as the finalists who participated in the INCubatoredu 2022 National Student Pitch Competition.
“The National Pitch event showcases the ingenuity and creativity of student entrepreneurs from across the country,” said Christy Scott, executive director of Uncharted Learning. “It also demonstrates the benefits of entrepreneurship education for students – who will take with them beyond high school the real-world experience of developing and presenting viable and sustainable solutions to real-world problems – and for the rest of us who might benefit from these solutions.”
Five high school teams from California, Texas, Ohioand Illinois competed for $30,000 in seed funding in the national pitch competition. Teams were selected from a pool of 56 student video submissions from the United States and Spain.
Harker School’s TuffToy in San Jose, Californiawill receive $20,000 to further develop their solution: the first durable dog toy with an interchangeable plush exterior that delivers high mess-free entertainment. The PharmAssist team, Westlake High School in the Eanes Independent School District outside Austin, TX, also received funding. For their solution – an app that makes people feel more confident and safe when taking medication – the team received $10,000 in financing. Rounding out the finalists in this year’s national pitch competition, Nusic, of Alamo Heights High School in TexasMatchedUp, from Lakota West High School to Ohioand SimplyNav, from Lake Forest High School in Illinois.
The INCubatoredu national pitch competition is the flagship event of the annual Uncharted Learning Summit. Students from around the world submit videos to compete and showcase real-world funding to investors at this 7th annual event. These students develop their products, business models and investment cases through Uncharted Learning INCubatoredu curriculum, which includes identifying problems and solutions, exploring customers and authentic presentation ideas and opportunities.
Congratulations to the participating team members and their INCubatoredu teachers and mentors (listed below):
The Harker School, California
Teacher: Michael Archatel
Mentor: Thomas Deng
Westlake High SchoolTexas
Teachers: Jeff Nixon & Lindsey Stokes
Mentor: Gary Anderson
West Lakota High School, Ohio
Teacher: Kevin Keen
Mentor: Ronnie Pate
Alamo Heights High School, Texas
Teacher: Cathy Klumpp
Mentor: Nathan Sharp
Lake forest high schoolHE
Teachers: Joe Pulio & Phil LaScala
Mentor: Corey Holmer
About Uncharted Learning
Unexplored learning is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower students for life by equipping them with life skills. Its programs provide authentic and rigorous entrepreneurship experiences to students at 350 schools across the United States, Australia, Guatemala, Spain and Swiss. The company helps students discover their passions, build their abilities and create their own future. Since 2013, Uncharted Learning’s year-long INCubatoredu program has prepared students for success in a changing global economy.
SOURCE Unexplored Learning