Posted On On: April 19, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Chamber News

HARRISBURG (April 18, 2016) –  The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC recently announced the names of the finalists who will participate in the 2016 Chamber High School Business Challenge.  On Thursday, April 28th, 9:00 AM – 12 noon,  at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (326 Market Street Harrisburg) the following four teams will go head to head as they pitch their business plans “Shark Tank style”:


  • CropNet – Hershey High School
    Team members:  Jesse Cui, Alex Haidet, James Lu, Colin Topper, and Maggie Wu
  • Force Shield – Hershey High School
    Team members:  Katie Flanagan, Anna Hajnal, Allyson Koda, and Andi Moritz
  • Heatz Headphones – Big Spring High School
    Team members:  Haris Camdzic, Makayla Glass, Vince Romano, and Emily Witter
  • Neato – Big Spring High School
    Team members:  Malachi Tucker Brough, Alec Kessler, Kelly Shulenberger, and Devin Yeatter

From generating written business proposals to pitching their plans to a panel of judges “Shark Tank style,” the competition provides youth in grades 9-12 with the opportunity to see the business planning process through from start to finish.


Twenty-six teams from 7 different school districts are participating in this year’s competition.  Schools like Big Spring, Central Dauphin, Derry Township, Gettysburg Area, and Susquehanna Township are challenge veterans, while Halifax Area and Middletown Area are participating in the program for the first time.


The student teams completed the first round of the competition in March by submitting their written business plans for evaluation.  Scholarship dollars will be awarded to each member of the first and second place teams; members of the third and fourth place teams also receive a small monetary prize.


In addition to the academic support provided by the school advisors, the student teams are paired with professional business mentors who offer industry expertise and counsel on real-world scenarios and applications as the students complete their plans.  Kurt Twiford, President & CEO of Conexus, Inc. and former Challenge judge, is a mentor to a team from Hershey High School.  “So far, my experience has been great.  My team has some really innovative ideas and it’s really rewarding to help them put a little real-world experience into the mix with their ideas,” exclaimed Twiford. “I love the energy and the enthusiasm these kids have for what they’re doing.”


There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is encouraged.  For more information about the event, please click here or call 717.232.4099.


The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties by providing a unique blend of business, community and economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost our economic vitality and livability as a region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce.