Published July 1, 2014
A West Ashley High School student will head to Silicon Valley in the fall to compete among 40 young entrepreneurs for $35,000 in cash and prizes.
S.C. high school students competed for seed funding in YEScarolina’s third annual state Business Plan Competition. (Photo/Provided)
Cohen, who will be attending Baylor University on a full basketball scholarship, invented a training device to improve the catching ability of basketball players. She won the competition with her idea, The Catching Prodigy.
“Teaching entrepreneurship is more than teaching concepts; it’s providing the opportunity to teach life skills, allowing students to make their business dreams a reality,” said Jennifer Molnar, an entrepreneurship teacher at Fort Mill High School, in a statement.
Cohen will travel with the second-place winner, Jesse Horine of Fort Mill High, to compete in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Silicon Valley on Oct. 9.
Horine won $2,000 for his business, SouthernFly, a brand dedicated to anglers and fly fishing. He would produce a Clouser Minnow pattern fly for fishing, as well as apparel and accessories.
Jeremy LaPointe, also of Fort Mill High, won third place and $1,000 with his idea of a homemade energy bar, OnPointe Energy.
Runners up included Charleston Collegiate students Paola Macias and Claudia Soto with Two Beans tamales and Riley Steward with Riley 2 the Rescue pet sitting service; and Jasmine Godbolt of Summerville High School with her child-care business, The Village.