Inventor-Entrepreneurs Win Funding to Develop New Products

Posted on: December 21st, 2014 by Admin

SWW students won 2nd and 3rd place awards in the high school division of the Nov. 15 Pitch George Elevator Pitch Competition, sponsored by GW’s business school. With little advance notice, our winning students prepared and delivered persuasive short pitches to a panel of judges for products they’re developing.

Junior Deanna Moore’s pitch won 2nd place for a wristband that monitors heart rate and alerts the user that he or she is in danger of falling asleep. She will use the $500 prize to continue work on the prototype and hopes to license the technology to a company for production. One of the judges offered to mentor her through the next steps of development.

A new Walls club, 4by4, won 3rd place for its pitch for the Upright system, a flexible filing system that significantly decreases how much students have to carry to school on a daily basis. The $200 prize will be used to continue product development. 4by4 members include Eden Elam, Nico Stauffer-Mason, Audrey Weber, Fiona Campbell, Cameron Gray, Isabel Gaskin, Taylor Gaskins, Elaine Singleton, Mara Royse, Maggie Drelichman, and Max Vichr. Social studies teacher Margaret Scully is the club sponsor.

In addition to the prize money, students benefited from the feedback the judges’ panel offered and also made valuable contacts at the competition. Bravo to all!