Culver Academies Names Winner of Business Competition

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The Next Launch, a regional business idea competition specifically for high school students sponsored by The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur at Culver Academies, named a winner last week. Students from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois won the $25,000  first place prize.

The winning team won for its idea to create plastic adhesive lenses that can be applied directly to the original glasses lens as prescription needs change. The plastic lenses would use a silicone-based adhesive to stick and are less expensive than buying a new pair of glasses. 

Noblesville High School, Cathedral High School, Culver Academies, the International School of Indiana and Start Up Moxie Charter School represented Indiana in the contest for $25,000.

“The ideas presented at this year’s competition were very impressive,” said Alex Kurrelmeier, director of The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, in a news release. “It’s encouraging to see these ideas coming from high school students. I’m pleased we can offer this level of real-world experience to them. It’s our hope that this competition inspires them to become entrepreneurs.”

 Entrepreneurship and business professors from Indiana University, Butler University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Notre Dame University, University of Illinois and professional business leaders served as the judges for the competition.

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