Chamber High School Business Challenge



The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC started the Chamber High School Business Challenge in 2008 as an annual competition for high school students to gain experience developing and pitching business ideas that embrace the idea of Triple Bottom Line Sustainability. Students between grades 9-12 form groups of 3-5 to create a new idea for a real or fictitious business. Student groups are assigned an adviser and business mentor to support them through the competition. The final competition is a ‘Shark Tank’ style competition where students present their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winning students are awarded scholarship dollars solicited from sponsors of the competition.

About the 2019 Event

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Harrisburg Area Community College – Cooper Student Center

*Admission is free for anyone who wants to attend.


All sponsorship dollars generated from this event go directly to scholarships for students. Sponsoring this event is a great way to show your support for education and local schools while making a direct impact in a student’s life!

Parking Instructions

Parking is available for free in lots W-3 through W-12 across from the Cooper Student Center. The closest entrance to the Cooper Student Center is at the Wildwood Entrance off Industrial Road. View the campus map HERE.

Presenting Sponsors 



 2018 Winners

Concept: DeHydroGuard, an athletic mouthguard which used pH levels in the user’s saliva to change color and indicate hydration level
Students: Lower Dauphin High School students Alexandra Sassaman, Ben Ruhl, Connor Buggy, Shane Costello, Riley Dohner, and Jace Fry
Mentor: Amma Johnson from AMMA JO / AJ BRANDS

 2017 Winners

Concept: Polarus Systems, high-quality, transparent photovoltaic cells to replace the windows of cars
Students: Middletown Area High School students Mai Dang, Aaron Fischer, John Hursh, Shannon Reese, and Jessaca Rusnov
Advisers: Sean Burke & David Martin; Mentor: Brian Groff

2016 Winners

Concept: ForceShield, innovative rain protection for your sport bag
Students: Hershey High School students Allyson Koda, Anna Hajnal, Katie Flanagan, and Andi Morit
Adviser: Colette Silvestri; Mentor: Jena Milakovic

Become a Mentor

Interested in mentoring the next group for our Chamber High School Business Challenge? Register to become a member today!