By AMBER STEWART
Junior Achievement hosted a teenage version of Shark Tank on Tuesday morning, awarding budding entrepreneurs with real money to start businesses.
For the past few weeks, students at three different high schools, Hillsboro, Glencliff, and Brentwood, have been putting together business plans in order to present a request for funding before a panel of judges.
The event took place at c3/consulting, and featured representatives from nine different “company programs.” Each program represents a class or club that participates in a thirteen-week course to help students develop business skills. Tuesday’s event was based off the popular television show in which entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to investors, hoping to attain start-up costs.
Yesterday, students were awarded real money in small amounts from $50 to $150 to support their plans. Plans from Brentwood High School included a Slushie frozen drink company, an apparel company, and a cookbook. Brentwood High was awarded $360 total for their projects.
Lisa Nease-Montgomery, an entrepreneurship teacher at BHS, said that the program “provides an opportunity to put into action in a real world experience concepts students learn in the classroom.”
The Phoenix Club of Nashville sponsored the event. The Company Program will continue to run and will end with a student showcase in about eight weeks.