Sometimes we fret about the the whole "children are our future" thing, but leave it to young entrepreneurs and Daymond John
from ABC's Shark Tank
to give us some hope. Saturday, five Northeast Ohio high school students pitched their business ideas to the shark at Enspire 2015
, a conference held at Hunting Valley's hoity toity University School.
The winners include Bit4Bit
, a company to provide "low-cost technology," Fashion Time
, an app to eliminate the fashion faux pas of repeating an outfit, Tablaflex
, a folding phone that transforms into a tablet, Hologram For You!
, the industry leader for personalized holographic messages, and finally, Vamonos
, an app to pre-schedule texts that just can't wait when driving.
Those entries beat out the competition for the Northeast Ohio's Teen Tech Tank
contest, where high school students were to submit a 60-second video pitch for a technology-centric business idea. The conference and contest were part of the Young Entrepreneur Institute
which is an Ohio-based organization dedicated to teaching kids about – wait for it – entrepreneurship.
Not only did the winners receive the advice from John, the fashion mogul and reality TV star, they also got $250 cash, the opportunity for a scholarship at the Cleveland State Monte Ahuja College of Business and, mostly importantly, a year's supply of of Coca-Cola's sparkling beverages.
The future is bright and well caffeinated, friends.