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.

About the 2019 Event

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Harrisburg Area Community College – 
Cooper Student Center 209A and 209B

*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 


Supporting Sponsor 

Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation

Patron Sponsors

BELCO Community Credit Union
Penn National Insurance
Schaedler Yesco Distribution Inc.
St@rtup Harrisburg
Transworld Business Advisors


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 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

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