Students Awarded Business Funding at District Pitch Night

May 04, 2022

PlanIt Students With Advisors and Teacher

Student entrepreneurs from across Frisco ISD competed this week in the annual Frisco ISD Business Incubator Pitch Night in a quest to win seed money for their business ideas.

The Shark Tank-style pitch competition awarded grants through the Frisco Education Foundation.

The first place prize of $1,500 went to PlanIt, founded by Srinithya Kuppa, Nandini Mangalapalli, Krish Nagda and Rohin Raina from Heritage High School. PlanIt is a mobile app that connects users to quality, vetted third-party vendors and assists with event planning choices, essentially making the process faster and more efficient for everyone.

This year, the competition included 32 student semifinalists representing 10 teams from Centennial, Frisco, Heritage and Lone Star high schools.

The District Pitch Night is a culmination of a year-long study in entrepreneurship education through the high school classes entitled INCubatoredu and ACCELeratoredu. The primary focus of the courses is to help students understand the process of analyzing a business opportunity, preparing a business plan, determining the feasibility of an idea using research and developing a plan to organize and promote the business.

Throughout the year, local entrepreneurs and business experts served as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses and continually improving upon their product.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges that included Dilla’s Kyle Gordon, Julie’s Sweets Bakery’s Yolanda Nolen, entrepreneur Fred Hammond and entrepreneur Shaniqua McNack. Judges weighed concept, viability, presentation, concept, revenue streams and much more as they chose the winning teams.

2022 Pitch Night Winning Students and Judges

Congratulations to these teams which were also awarded grants through the Frisco Education Foundation.

  • $1,000 CourseWay - CourseWay is a new district-based application for students to find and understand classes through a personalized survey, student feedback and course descriptions while helping school administrators save time and resources.

  • $250 Cleat-Off - Cleat-Off is a beneficial way for athletes who wear cleats to be able to walk on regular surfaces while still wearing their cleats.

  • $250 Nouveau and Co. - This product is stain-resistant business attire meant for daily wear and tear in all sorts of both high and low stain environments.

Those interested in judging, mentoring or funding the entrepreneurship endeavors of Frisco ISD students should contact Career and Technical Education Coordinator Lisa Curry at curryl@friscoisd.orgor Director of Community Relations and Frisco Education Foundation Allison Miller millera@friscoisd.org.

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