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.
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
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
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
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