Two fifteen-year-olds have been crowned winners of a business idea event at South Bend Code School. Hello World: A Pitch Competition from Nowhere, USA featured five teams presenting concepts to a panel of judges that included San Francisco-based venture capitalist Cyan Banister. David Harrison and Matthew Williams, both from South Bend, took home the $2,500 top prize by pitching the Ideator, a website to connect entrepreneurs with talent and resources.
South Bend Code School co-founder Alexandra Sejdinaj said "we are incredibly proud of our students and their impressive work. The event helped us further our mission to give them skills and experiences that prepare them for their next step – whether that is college, a tech-related internship or job. We are incredibly grateful to Cyan for her overall support, time judging the ideas and funding the prizes for this competition. To have one of the nation’s most prominent venture capitalists directly supporting our students is truly special."
Other ideas pitched at the event include a website to connect board game enthusiasts through local restaurants and cafes, a service to match middle schoolers with local colleges, a jobs website for high schoolers and a search app to help identify movies and films of interest.