A sustainable feminine hygiene product developed by a Fishers High School student took the $25,000 first place prize in Wednesday’s "The Next Launch" competition at the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers. The event drew business ideas from students from eight high schools throughout the Midwest. The Rob Rubin School for the Entrepreneur at Culver Academies helped organize the event, and Director Alex Kurrelmeier says the goal is to make the competition national to address "a huge need for entrepreneurial development at a high school level."
Drew Jarvis’ Lily Pod earned the $25,000 first prize. Camille Scrine, Cole Jiaras and Laren Schwaab from New Trier High School in Illinois took the $10,000 second prize for their product Spark. Marisa Patel-O’Connor, Eden Gorevoy and Sol Hwangbo from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy earned the $5,000 third prize for its oil recovery method called The Oil Magnet.
Teams of one to three students from participating schools pitched a product, company or service and detail the market need. The pitches also included sales plans and future growth potential. A panel of business leaders judged the competition.
The school participating included Culver Academies, Fishers High School, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, International School of Indiana, Providence Cristo Rey High School, New Trier High School, Christ the King Jesuit Prep and Shortridge IB Magnet School.
At last year’s "The Next Launch" event, the top prizes went to teams developing technology for artificial intelligence, joint pain therapy and using sound to extinguish fires.