ASHLAND Three teams of teenage innovators from Russell High School have won money for their business ideas in the eighth annual Glockner Dare to Dream competition.
• Locked and Loaded Game Birds, a team consisting of Jasmine Webb, Autumn Jeffrey and Gracie Bates. The team won first place and $6,000 in cash, plus $200 for an idea that reduced the carbon footprint and an additional $250 for being a viable, practical, low start-up cost and ready-to-go business idea. .
As part of the business model, their company will rent guns, provide ammunition, bird dogs, group photos, and clean birds for the ultimate “lock and load” hunting experience. Jeffrey organizes guided pheasant hunts; her family hunts pheasants as a hobby, said Russell business and marketing professor Melissa Wilburn.
• Batter’s Eye, a team made up of Eric Williams, Daniel Blanton and Ben Hammond. The team won third place and $4,000, plus $250 for being one of the most viable business ideas.
The t-shirt business has been operated by Williams since August, designing baseball logos and apparel. Wilburn said he has been in contact with professional baseball players who have worn his equipment on the field. It is also endorsed by a baseball podcast with 16,000 subscribers and other influencers.
• Boujee Backyard BBQ, a team consisting of Brody Stump, Garrett Wilburn and Elijah Abdon. The team won fourth place and $3,000 cash for their business plan, as well as $400 for being the best idea to reduce the carbon footprint and an additional $250 for being one of the most successful business ideas. viable.
Wilburn said his son, Garrett, made a fire pit and wanted to add a cooking grate, but many were too expensive. This inspired his team to design and weld stone fire pit grill grates. They also made a smokehouse and a dry friction to use for smoking the meat.
“It’s not just ideas. They did,” Wilburn said, noting that the program works much like the “Shark Tank” TV show, including giving a five-minute presentation to a group of investors and receiving real money. – and advice – from the experts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students recorded presentations instead of doing them live. When investors viewed the presentations, students joined them live and were able to participate in the Q&A sessions that had been so helpful to previous teams.
Previous competitions have drawn up to 60 teams; the pandemic dropped that number to 13.
Prizes for the Glockner Dare to Dream Pitch competition totaled $36,000 this year. It is a creation of the Tri-State Angel Investors Group, founded by Mick Fosson in 2014.
TSAIG works with local investors and partner angel investor groups to advance entrepreneurs in their respective industries.
“All the kids on the 13 teams got money to try to encourage them to learn how to start a business,” Fosson said. “We hope we can entice them to stay here and not all the brains leave the area.”
Wilburn agreed, saying it was fascinating to watch team members talk to area business leaders and learn about business in a hands-on way.
“We try to reward them and encourage them to make it doable,” she said. “With job cuts and layoffs, the only way to succeed here is to grow your own business.”
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