Rock Hill’s ‘Shark Tank’ teams offer business-ready ideas

In a eventuality billed as Rock Hill’s Shark Tank, a judges for Friday’s foe during Winthrop University were frequency as ominous as those we see on a ABC existence show.

Rock Hill’s Shark Tank should have been labeled “Tame Tank,” as a 4 judges – all internal entrepreneurs – were as ominous as manatees.

They asked few questions, though faced a charge as formidable as their TV counterparts: Picking a leader was not easy. Ideas pitched from 17 teams of students trimming from center propagandize to college age were upheld by spreadsheets, investigate and power-point presentations. Some of a students – including those in center propagandize – were discriminating and impressive presenters during their 5-minute windows.

The teams were judged not customarily on their ideas, though also on their use of technology, a competitiveness of a thought and a all-important doubt – could it be launched into a essential business?

Rock Hill Shark Tank, technically a second annual Business Model Competition “Pitch Night,” is a thought of David Warner. Officially, Warner is a executive of a Technology Incubator during Knowledge Park, assisting determined tech entrepreneurs spin their ideas into businesses.

But unofficially, Warner is one of a people in Rock Hill pulling a significance of entrepreneurship, a vicious member in Rock Hill’s Knowledge Park mercantile growth strategy.

The Knowledge Park plan has several parts. One is a earthy redevelopment of a former Rock Hill Finishing Printing Co. site into a place where people can live, work and play.

The plan is also to emanate an mercantile sourroundings that attracts tiny businesses and entrepreneurs to Rock Hill. Small businesses always have been a fortitude of a U.S. economy. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are a ones formulating jobs. Most U.S. manufacturers and other large companies are not formulating new jobs, Warner said.

The Knowledge Park plan is also about gripping those staying in Rock Hill in Rock Hill, giving them an mercantile reason to stay.

So there’s no improved approach to grasp talent growth than to start stressing a significance of entrepreneurship as early as center school, according to Warner and others.

This year’s foe had teams from all 5 Rock Hill center schools, all 3 Rock Hill high schools, and 7 teams of Winthrop students. This was a initial year high propagandize students competed in a Shark Tank.

Olivia Gates, Reagan Hughes, Mason Martin, Lacie Whitehead and Jonah Wilson, of Rawlinson Road Middle School, started their representation in a informed fashion. They wanted to emanate a food lorry – though not only any food truck.

Ordering during their lorry would be finished by an extraneous mechanism tablet.

They estimated their initial costs during $150,000 for a truck, and their handling costs during $350 a month for gas, $600 for register and afterwards salary of $7 to $10 an hour for their workers.

What assured a judges they had something opposite was their menu. They wanted to emanate a “Sweet Treats” food lorry that would have cupcakes, cheesecakes and cannolis – as good as pies and other treats.

But what set their thought detached was they wanted to “have something for everyone,” creation certain they were charity some treats that were sugar-free, gluten-free and peanut-free. They also due to have some treats that were low in calories. They won a center propagandize competition.

The winning high propagandize group also was food-related.

Taylor Grace Pearson and Taylor Ramsey play volleyball during South Pointe High School. They know a significance of a pre- or post-game snack. They also know that a avocation of providing one customarily falls to parents, that can be stressful.

Along with Rodricus Neely, they worked before propagandize for a week to pattern “Snacks On The Run,” a catering use that relatives could use to sequence healthy snacks for their sports teams, students or any other gatherings.

“Healthy snacks will be only one click away,” pronounced a South Pointe students.

Pearson, Ramsey and Neely pronounced they also schooled a essential doctrine from listening to a center propagandize presentations: always make your representation directly to a judges.

The foe among Winthrop students was intense.

The group of Anne Cushman, Emily Cricke and Macey Bosley won a many innovative endowment for an thought that didn’t place in a tip three. Their thought was an interactive mechanism app that incited removing to know internal Rock Hill businesses into a game.

The third-place group of Maria Clarken, Emelyne Henderson and Alyssa Lamb due a bicycle pity complement and mechanism app. They pronounced there is a need for a approach to share bikes since Rock Hill lacks a good open travel system. They also remarkable that their business could grow as Rock Hill and York County supplement some-more cycling and walking trails. They won $500.

The second-place group of Cody Knight and Emily Rounds due a association called “Ourchives” that would technology verbal histories available on cassette or reel-to-reel tapes. They also would offer a use to families to record their stories. No family should have to remove those memories, Knight and Rounds said. They won $1,000.

The first-place group of Eric Hammett, Tyler Morris and James Thomasson won $1,500.

The 3 Winthrop students came dressed in suits. They had a representation of their product to palm to a judges. Their power-point display had spreadsheets that showed their bound and non-static costs – and their income projections for any turn of their product.

And, as they done their pitch, it wasn’t tough to prognosticate them in a backwoods blind, their faces lonesome with camo paint as they attempted to call ducks. While they acknowledge they a like a thought of being their possess Duck Dynasty, they told a judges that they wanted to extent their product – a subscription use that would broach sport essentials to your doorway on a monthly basement – to South Carolina.

Why? Each state has a possess set of sport and gaming rules, they said. They know a S.C. rules.

And, they estimated, even if they strech only 11 percent of a some-more than 180,000 hunters in a state – 20,000 subscribers – their business could be profitable.

Winthrop’s Duck Dynasty will get to see what it will take to make Nature Calls take flight. In further to a money esteem they won a services of a Technology Incubator to weigh their thought and see what is indispensable to make it in a business world.

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