SHarC Tank Funds Young Entrepreneurs

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SHC’s Student Launch Initiative hosted its Second Annual SHarC Tank, where six teams pitched their products and businesses to four Silicon Valley SHarCs and the 40 audience members in attendance. Alex Wong ’23 shared his Zero Waste card game and Noah Heller ’20 pitched his SuperHelmet, a foldable bicycle helmet that can fit into bags and backpacks. CitySitters, a team of sophomore students, are developing an app to connect parents in need of babysitters with vetted sitters. The Ahead of the Game team received their second round of funding for their organization which provides sports clinics and equipment to kids unable to afford the price tag of club sports. A team of freshman boys, Student to Student, were awarded funding for the tutoring business aimed at connecting current high school students with middle schoolers, and the Carbon Footprint team received funding for their programs designed to promote proper waste disposal and reduce factors contributing to climate change. 

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The SHarCs, Courtney Chin ’03, Stef Gartrell ’02, Katie Hughes and Chris Brouwer, provided strategic business advice and nearly $3,000 in seed funding to the young entrepreneurs. The last presentation of the evening was an update from fourth grader James Emerson Boles who received funding for his baseball card business last year at the inaugural SHarC Tank.

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