Confidence and bravery exuded from center stage as six young entrepreneurs presented their final business ideas to a stacked panel of investors, as part of Break Into Business’s The Final Pitch at the High Museum on Sunday.
Mirroring the popular reality TV series Shark Tank, the “kids” (wise beyond their years) perfected their business ideas and were given the chance to win real funding, provided by the sharks. Shelly and Zac Brown (Zac surprised us all!), Chris Carneal, Kevin Jennings, Derek Chitwood, Stephen Lewis and our very own co-founder, Shantel Khleif comprised the team of investors, or sharks. Here are the brilliant pitches that made their decisions so hard.
Aller Busters: Audience Choice Award winner, Amara, has made it her mission to prevent allergic reactions for kids everywhere! Her system of wristbands heightens attention to what allergy a child has and represents the next-step in allergy-management. She’s already started partnering with schools and camps in Georgia. The sharks were truly impressed!
Dough Bros: Best friends, Max + Reis, put their own spin on everyone’s favorite dessert, cookie dough. Offered in an assortment of flavors, the line for their pop-up stand after the show was almost out the door! They hope to purchase their own ‘cookie cart’ with their prize funds. Having tried it ourselves we can vouch for the bros - it’s delicious!
Kids on Call: The kid-friendly version of Task Rabbit may finally be here! After seeing some of his own friends unable to participate in a class trip due to financial constraints, Jordan is encouraging his peers to raise money through his online platform. He’s already in talks with Atlanta Police Department regarding safety concerns and has a solid plan to make the site parent and child-friendly. From mowing the lawn to helping neighbors with chores, Jordan wants to make sure everyone is able to participate in school programs or have extra spending money - made responsibly!
Little Chef Ivy: This fierce chef wants to make cooking fun for kids by using coloring-book style cookbooks and vibrantly designed measuring cups inspired by Russian nesting dolls. Ivy's recipes include health-conscious foods as she’s dedicated to teaching the importance of eating healthy at an early age. Her personality (and fabulous outfit) stole the show and received multiple praises from the sharks!
Woof Water: Inspired by his own dog’s digestive issues, Aaron invented Woof Water. Think treat meets powder. Woof Water is easy to use, just sprinkle into your dogs' water bowl and voila! The sharks were able to sample, and taste, the peanut butter bacon flavor (what a combo!). Aaron received funding from several sharks and even some packaging tips from Zac Brown himself!
Their pitches were so brilliant each entrepreneur received funding from at least two sharks! Shark Chris Corneal said it best, "Entrepreneurship should be talked about more, there is so much good that it can do for the world.” And that’s exactly what these kids are doing!
We know these awe-inspiring kids will be successful at whatever they choose to do in life. Imagine Media will be watching (and cheering) for you!
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Story by: Olivia Ball