Student Entrepreneurs Present at 'Shark Tank' Event
Apr 19, 2019 10:53AM
● By Jeanne Fratello
Photo via YEA!
During the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel
Event, the students had five
minutes to pitch their plans - "Shark Tank"-style - to prominent local members of the
business community. All told, the 17 middle school and high school students represented 15 businesses and social movements.
The investors also
selected one business, SupplySuccess, a
non-profit that collects school supplies to deliver to underprivileged
schools in the LAUSD area, to advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars Competition. SupplySuccess CEOs Maddie Driscoll and Maya Fabrizio are both 9th graders at Mira Costa. They will be traveling to
Rochester in two weeks for the competition, where they will
compete with students across the United States for college
The runner-up was Graham Galusha, CEO of Push Pups, a new and healthy peanut butter treat for dogs that comes in a dispenser.
Based on the appeal and merit of the students’
plans and presentations, the investor panel determined the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement. All students received funding to start their business.
This year's investor panel
included Latrice McGlothin of Kinecta; Ken Deemer of MB Rotary; Austin
Koehler, a YEA! 2016 graduate; Jake Kamen a retired aerospace leader; Danila
Koverman of Fusion Academy; Tom Chieffe, a business investor; Nancy Hersman, mayor pro tem of Manhattan Beach, and
Brad Sperber of Toyota.
YEA! is a program offered
through the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. Students meet once a
week after school to learn all the facts of creating and starting their own legal business. More than 50 volunteers
from the community give their time to help students launch entrepreneurial endeavors. Volunteers who provide assistance include graphic designers who help bring students'
visions to life; CEOs who impart business wisdom and knowledge; and accountants, lawyers, speech coaches, and more
who help them acquire the tools they need to succeed.
For more information, applications, or to volunteer, contact Nellie Ambrose at YEAmb@manhattanbeachchamber.com