Propel middle and high school students have captured the entrepreneurial spirit! On Tuesday, May 21, Propel’s inaugural Student Business Plan Competition came to a close, as the winning team was announced and awarded a $1,000 prize to bring their business concept to fruition.
Propel launched this business competition, under the guidance of Board Member, Josh Cotherman, to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs through the unique, real-world experience of preparing and presenting a novel business venture for investment. Since February, students from Propel Andrew Street High School, Propel Homestead, and Propel Braddock Hills High School have developed business plans while receiving expertise and mentorship from members within the Pittsburgh business community. After carefully reviewing each student group’s concept and business plan, an esteemed judges panel narrowed the competition down to three finalists. The three finalists were:
Rikki’s Tweets sells various baked goods for an affordable price. Rikki is the founder and a Propel Braddock Hills High School student , who bakes goodies from chocolate covered oreos to candy coated marshmallows on a stick. She has the business savvy to take advantage of the environment and resources available to her, selling items at lunchtime and at other student-driven events.
Ambitious & Co.
Ambitious & Co., run by students at Propel Braddock Hills High School, provides customers with original fashions, jewelry for a new and exciting look – and perhaps best of all – everything is eco-friendly, made from recycled items, for a truly unique fashion statement. Their main goal is to set a new trend of high quality, fashionable wear that anyone can afford.
Where’d You Get Those Shoes
Where’d You Get Those Shoes is a business founded by four Propel Homestead middle school students, that is the solution to shoe envy everywhere. They were the only middle school students to be named a finalist. These ladies came up with an app that will take a picture of a pair of shoes (even if they are on someone’s feet!) and automate a list that identifies the shoe designer, where the shoe is available, and compares prices at various locations.
At the awards ceremony, held at Propel Braddock Hills Elementary’s indoor courtyard, the finalists presented their business plans, and Ambitious & Co. was named the winning team and awarded a $1,000 check from the Propel Schools Foundation. Propel, along with Cotherman Group LLC , Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, and other sponsors, are proud to support this exceptional opportunity for students to learn how to develop a business model, from creation to presentation, and every step in between.