Entrepreneurial Students Get Funded in Shark Tank!
Have you ever watched the TV Show, “Shark Tank”? Self-made millionaires are the “sharks” who listen to pitches of budding entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs can receive funding for their ideas from the millionaires, or their ideas can get rejected. Perhaps they will become rich? A version of the “Shark Tank” visited Gross Catholic recently.
UNO Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community (ELLC) has partnered with the Gross Catholic Entrepreneurial Academy to recreate an experience similar to the popular TV show.
Gross Catholic Teacher Shelby Sweetmon tasked his students to come up with a business idea, create a business plan, and then practice their “pitch.” Private sector mentors Matt Burke (1st National Bank), Val Ingraham (1st Data Resources), and Chuck Monico Jr. (C&M’s Custom Landscape) assisted the students with their plans and spiels.
When the Gross Catholic students were ready with their presentations, a number of UNO’s students visited Gross and posed as the “sharks” while the Gross students pitched their ideas. The experience was extremely interactive between the college undergrads and high school students. Jenna Taulman, the Assistant Director at Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising at UNO was amazed at how her students couldn’t stop talking about how great it was being a shark at Gross Catholic. Those particular UNO students were chosen because they had recently experienced a shark tank of their own at business school and were able to share their insights with the high school students.
Gross Catholic Senior Garrett Meyer was pleased with the outcome. “I really liked being able to present our own ideas in front of the UNO business students to see if they would give us money. And they did!”
Of course, the funding was imaginary, but the experience was not.
Gross Catholic prides itself on preparing boys and girls to become men and women working together as leaders in the business community. This program is clearly an important part of that mission.Learn More About Joining the Cougar Family