Budding Entrepreneurs

Over 50 juniors and seniors from Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) attended Junior Achievement’s (JA) PitchFest in February, an event that allows young adults to pitch their business ideas to local entrepreneurs and business professionals. The students – all taking the Advanced Business Management course at TPHS – prepared by brainstorming, creating elevator pitches, and using visuals to demonstrate their businesses. They also benefited from mentoring by industry professionals provided by a partnership with JA.

The winning team was Braveio from TPHS, who created an app that connects students to potential art and writing contests, and can help students find scholarships and grants. With the competitive nature of high school, the app helps students find opportunities to add awards and other recognitions to their resume or college applications.

TPHS’s Pocket Tutor team won the Change Maker Business award for creating an app that connects students with other students at their school for tutoring. “The problem they are solving is that tutoring is insanely expensive, and it puts upper income students at a much larger advantage for college, creating a very disproportionate gap at the college level and beyond,” said TPHS teacher Shannon Essrig. “This app allows high school students to tutor (creating jobs), and also allows students to get tutoring help at an affordable rate.”
The two teams will now prepare for the final JA Company Program Competition on April 30, where they will compete with other local teams for San Diego’s Company of the Year.

Since 1950, JA San Diego programs have reached more than one million students, ensuring that they are prepared for the future by teaching them how to get a job, start a business, and manage money. Discover more at www.jasandiego.org.