Minnesota Jump$tart Members Serve as Judges in Local High School’s Shark Tank Competition

Members from Minnesota Jump$tart recently had the fortunate opportunity to serve as judges in Maranatha Christian Academy’s inaugural entrepreneurial “Shark Tank” competition

Juniors and Seniors at Maranatha have spent a significant portion of the term learning about what it takes to develop an idea into a viable business, core fundamentals for every entrepreneur!   In addition to developing their business ideas and presentations for the “Shark Tank” judges, the students have created a business model canvas, a value proposition and a one page written synopsis of their businesses.

The “Shark Tank” competition started off with 8 teams.  Judges were asked to evaluate the students based on criteria that included presentation skills, viability of the business, analysis of the market for the product or service and assessment of the competitive environment.

After much deliberation from the judges, congratulations are in order for Sidekicks and K-Kase.  Sidekicks, is an app-based preventative and protective service that aims to help female college students avoid dangerous situations with an emphasis on preventing sexual assault.  K-Kase created the concept of a protective smart phone case that charges devices through kinetic energy (energy created through movement and motion).

Upon completion of the competition at Maranatha, Sidekicks and K-Kase will move on to a multi-school competition at the University of Minnesota during the second week of January.  Best of luck to both teams as they move forward!


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