CPC Students Compete for a Chance to be on Shark Tank
Four Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center students will travel alongside other student entrepreneurs to Rochester, NY and compete for scholarship dollars and a chance at a walk-on audition to Shark Tank as the winners of the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel.
Throughout the school year, students have been spent over 20 weeks putting in the work of perfecting their idea, conducting market research and business plan development as part of the YEA! program hosted by the Michigan Chamber Foundation in partnership with Davenport University and Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center. Students were taught by local entrepreneurs and met with business people, mentors, and support teams to develop their ideas.
On March 30, the students pitched their ideas to judges consisting of business leaders from Greater Lansing Business Monthly, MSUFCU, Mitchell Research Group, MIRS News, MGM Grand Detroit and Maner Costerisan at the YEA! Investor Panel. The two winning teams, Mandel Effect and TemperFit, have been offered the opportunity to travel to New York with the YEA! program and compete against other student entrepreneurs.
- Mandel Effectt
Founders: Alexis Perez, CEO; Brendan Littlefield, CFO; Chris Ford, co-CMO and Hunter Cypher, co-CMO
School: Maple Valley High School, Lakewood High School, Grand Ledge High School & Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center
The Mandel Effect is a custom graphics clothing company with a mission to give back to the community. They already have space at the Lansing Runway and are working with supporters at the Grand Ledge FLEDGE business incubator.
Prize Amount: $850
Founders: Eliana Simon and Jake Umholtz, co-CEOs
Schools: Dewitt and Grand Ledge High School
Temperfit is a “triple threat” thermal, cold and compression sleeve for knee injuries.
Prize Amount: $1,000
Other Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center students took home prizes at the YEA! Investor Panel as well; Continue founders Meghan Hoyt and Chloe Wartenbe took home $500 for their business. Tech Tamers founder Abigail Craft took home $350 for her business and Sports Smash founder Ian Robertson took home $100 for his business. Additionally, Cutler’s Catch, a business created by Gage Cutler from Lansing Christian High School took home $1,000 for his business. Cutler’s Catch was the top winning idea at the 5 Minutes Tops regional competition which took place in March.
The Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program is part of a series of pitch competitions and business plan events held in the Lansing area throughout the school year. Other events include, 5 Minutes Tops Local, 5 Minutes Tops Regional and the Lansing Youth Startup Challenge.