$30,000 Awarded at High School Entrepreneur Challenge
Utah’s top high school entrepreneurs won $30,000 in cash and prizes at the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.
Utah’s top high school entrepreneurs won $30,000 in cash and prizes at the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge final awards and showcase event in April at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios. The competition received nearly 150 student business idea submissions from high school students throughout the state.
The top 24 teams advanced to the final round, where they pitched their ideas to influential community leaders acting as judges. Teams’ ideas and business presentations ranged from a portable solar panel to affordable homes for the homeless.
The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank. The challenge is managed by a team of student leaders at the Lassonde Institute whose goal is to help high school students explore innovation and early stage business.
“It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard work and pitch their ideas to the judges,” said Stephanie Gladwin, a University of Utah senior and chair of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.
Three Big Winners
Three teams won the Grand Prize awards of $5,000 each:
StraightShot (Kearns High School): An adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide easy access to medication administration areas, whether by injection, port, feeding tube or other areas. The founder is Emily Guertler.
Colo Clean (Rowland Hall, Park City): An alternative colonoscopy preparation kit that offers an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep that is less burdensome for the patient. The student team included Tobi Yoon, Eli Taylor, Eleanor Mancheski, Emilee Orfanakis and Chloe Fleischer.
Puzzle Panel (Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, Salt Lake City): Portable solar panels that could be sent to emergency sites with a very quick setup. The founder is Isaac Bromley-Dulfano.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 was Health For All. The team is from Park City High School and has a line of clothing and accessories that use a type of subwoofer to be used for healing.
Scholarships of $1,000 were given to 10 students to help them pay to live at Lassonde Studios, an entrepreneurial living-learning community at the University of Utah. The 20,000-square-foot innovation space opened in August 2016 and is open to all students at the U. The first floor is used to collaborate, build prototypes and launch companies.
“We appreciate the community coming out to support our students,” says Anne Bastien, program director at the Lassonde Institute. “All of the teams this year blew us away and made us truly excited for the entrepreneurial community in Utah.”