Chamber High School Business Challenge


The Chamber High School Business Challenge (CHSBC) invites teams of high school students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship by developing and pitching business plans that would best serve the region and its residents. As an initiative out of the Chamber & CREDC’s Education & Business Partnership Committee, students are challenged to explore business ideas that can succeed both creatively and financially in South Central Pennsylvania. 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.

This challenge is free for schools to apply. 


2019 Winners

Concept: Rotacel, a stylish bracelet that doubles as a power bank
Students: Hershey High School students Angie Bu, Alex Rapp, Hannah Bliss, Olivia Falcucci and Eirinn Flanagan
Adviser: Colette Silvestri; Mentor: Lynda Morris from SCPaWorks

 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, Owner of AMMA JO

 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, a sports bag made with water-proof material, sewn and taped seams, and a water-proof zipper to keep moisture out
Students: Hershey High School students Allyson Koda, Anna Hajnal, Katie Flanagan and Andi Moritz
Adviser: Colette Silvestri; Mentor: Jena Milakovic, Owner of Lyes and Lathers Soaps

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