Ankeny EDC Student Shark Tank 2021

Students from four school districts, five colleges and one trade school participated in the Student Shark Tank rival held on Martin Luther King Day. Funded by a Polk County Community Betterment grant, a sum of $ 5,000 was awarded to eight unseasoned entrepreneurs and residential district leaders .
business ideas varied from a patent product created in a high educate CAD class to a clientele service to help early businesses. other ideas included apparel sales and high-tech tracking systems .
The top place community project was Devs Doing Good pitched by Connor Forgarty of Valley High School. Devs Doing Good is a scholar organization that provides opportunities for students concern in code development to apply their skills for the benefit of a non-profit in indigence. It is less than a year old but is planning to expand to school districts across the state of matter of Iowa. early winning community projects included Harvesting For The Arts ( H.A.R.T. ) to assist students pursuing activities in the arts, providing supplies for teachers and building an outdoor classroom .
Each pitch was judged on the deservingness of the idea, return on investment, execution plan and presentation. Area sharks on the pronounce panel included Kerry Walter-Ashby, Ankeny City Council ; Chris Murray president of the united states and CEO of Denny Elwell Company ; Trent Murphy, owner of CJM Financial and Mike Mertz with Ankeny School District.

“ This is a fun way to connect students with the business community and give them a find to test out their skills. ” said Murray. “ We have a distribute of young endowment. We want to give them an opportunity to shine. ”
due to COVID-19 safety measures the in-person judge panel was limited. The loanblend meet model allowed participants to pitch in-person or virtually. This arrangement allowed more to get involved. A full of 18 pitches were made.The in-person assign of the event was hosted by Accumold at their headquarters in Ankeny .

Awards Business Category Name School
$1,000 occupation Sitters Amber Smith Drake University
$750 Dog Mom Tyler Brown Southview Middle School
$500 early bird Bradley Van Heeswyk local 33 Plumber & Pipe Fitters
$250 balmy Shreyas & Shrestha Shrestha Johnston Middle School

Community Project Category Name School
$1,000 Devs Doing Good Connor Forgarty Valley High School
$750 H.A.R.T . Margaret Cook Ankeny High School
$500 Teacher supply Megan Rembert Southview Middle School
$250 centennial Outdoor Classroom Aaron Martin Ankeny Centennial High School

Megan Rembert of Southview Middle School pitches her theme to Mike Mertz, Chris Murray, Aaron Johnson and Kerry Walter-Ashby ( on-line ) .

Connor Forgarty pitches Devs Doing Good via Zoom .

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