Startup Frederick: "Shark Tank"-Like Student Competition

Startup Frederick: "Shark Tank"-Like Student Competition

Student finalists from every public high school in Frederick County will test their business acumen in the second year of a local competition called Startup Frederick, modeled on the TV show Shark Tank, on Thursday, May 11. The winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Competitors will each pitch an entrepreneurial concept and business plan to a panel of leading businesspeople who will serve as judges. The ten finalists, each of whom has won their school’s competition, will have up to five minutes each to pitch their ideas and an additional five minutes to respond to judges’ questions. Students are judged in five categories: creativity/innovation, product/service clarity, market potential, competitive landscape, and operational sustainability. Judging this year’s competition are Colbert/Ball Tax Service CPA Derrick Bowens, business consultant Robert Bowers and Spherion Staffing owner Tammy Feaster.

This year’s student finalists and their high schools are Rachel Beall from Brunswick, Lily Bean from Catoctin, a team of Esther Agyeman Badu, Edwin Estrada and Chaz Frazier from Frederick, a team of David Charlebois and Jade Riley from Gov. Thomas Johnson, Grace Sarsok from Linganore, a team of Justin Arnold, Brett Hart and Sasha Koulinkovitch from Middletown, a team of Reese Plant and Kara Watts from Oakdale, a team of James Pellegrino, Anthony Reyna and Tomas Reyna from Tuscarora, a team of Dean Foster and Suhail Jawahardeen from Urbana, and McKenzie Edmonds from Walkersville.

Frederick County Public Schools partners with the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County and LaunchGen in this year’s Startup Frederick.

The public is invited to watch the competition, free, on Thursday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Oakdale High School. All are invited to stay after the event for networking and refreshments after the competition from 7:30-8 p.m. 

Students Levi Trumbull from Urbana High and the FCPS Career and Technology Center’s TV/Multimedia Program and Kelly Witherell from Tuscarora High will emcee the program.

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