There is nothing that makes learning easier than experience which is why students from the NHS Entrepreneurship class participated in the MVP Pitch Presentations recently. This was an event where ten groups of students presented their own business ideas to real world entrepreneurs.

“Students were being graded during their presentations, and all ten teams competed against each other for prizes up to $850 [for] first place,” Coach Luke Garcia, teacher of the business ownership class, said.

All groups will receive $150 to help them start the business. The top three groups will get more funds for winning the competition.

Among all the students’ businesses, there were some really unique products. A tracking device, a persistent baseball glove, an alarm that turns off with sunlight and an authentication system for luxury goods were all ideas that were presented.

“We didn’t get first place, but what we’ve been through today is definitely a lifetime experience,” sophomore Richard Anon and CEO at Seekora said.

Judges were experienced business leaders, and they asked multiple questions during each group’s presentation.

“This was our midterm, but at the same time we were learning more than ever before,” Anon said. “The opinions and the questions the judges brought to the table were really useful for his business and his product.” 

Students were graded based on their product, presentation, research, communication abilities and more. After a detailed grading process, the company and product that won the competition was Arise: an alarm that turns off with the sunlight. They will use the $850 from the prize to make a prototype of their idea and develop their business.