The second annual Snellville Shark Tank produced two very different and very promising winning business proposals.
At the start of the school year, young entrepreneurs are challenged to create their own summer jobs. A jury of local business representatives selects an Entrepreneur of the Year and a runner-up.
Mya Swaby of Contraband Clothing is the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year. Mya and Contraband Clothing produce augmented reality clothing.
Students pitch their business ideas to local entrepreneurs in the annual Snellville Shark Tank program created by the Snellville Entrepreneur Council. The program, based on the popular television show, asks students to create an actual business and compete to win seed money after pitching their business to a panel of judges or “sharks.”
The competition is open to students at Brookwood, Grayson Shiloh and South Gwinnett high schools.
“The high school students, at the beginning of the school year, were asked to create their own summer job,” said Economic Development Coordinator Eric Van Otteren. “The mission, the task of the sharks, is to identify the young entrepreneurs and businesses that are most likely to accomplish this and launch them accordingly. These young folks represent the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, today. Their stories are amazing: their passion is relentless.”
Students are awarded money to start their business if they are chosen by the judges which takes place in City Hall.