With their market research and financial projections completed, Upper School students in Mr. John Daly’s Honors Investment and Entrepreneurship class advanced to the final rounds of the Innovate South Florida Business Plan Competition - an event that benefits the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
The Saint Andrew’s business team finalists were Chloe Bogen ‘19, Dalen Michaels ‘19, Adam Stiefel ‘19, and William Swann ‘19. The four Scots competed in the finals against nine other independent schools in South Florida on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Miami Dade College Idea Center. Their business plan pitch made it to the final round of the top four teams, and they then presented their plan again in front of new panelists and were awarded first place.
This group created a business called HighSchoolArtists.com, a website where high school art students can post and sell their work. HighSchoolArtists.com is a shopping venture as well as a proposed tool for high school students to showcase their pieces to a larger audience, thus potentially turning passions into profits.
Teacher John Daly is a supporter of the NFTE business competition and is incredibly proud of his students’ successes. “The HighSchoolArtists.com group developed a great concept that showcases high-quality artwork of high school students using a well-constructed website to help advance their objectives,” he said.
NFTE strives to inspire students to make an impact by providing entrepreneurship education programs to low-income students so that they can pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. Through competitions such as these, NFTE empowers all students to own their educations in and outside of the classroom.
By participating in this competition, Saint Andrew’s Scots helped NFTE serve and impact students in their own backyard. NFTE South Florida is currently serving 63 public schools and has impacted over 36,000 young people.
“The biggest take away for me as their instructor was to watch their growth as a team and to see their outstanding delivery and presentation of their business plan,” added Mr. Daly.
John Daly’s pride for his students is best summed up in a conversation he had with one of the judges at the competition. “One of the judges told me that if his children could graduate from high school being able to speak as well as our Saint Andrew’s students, he'd be an incredibly proud and lucky dad.”
Wise words from the judge speak volumes as to the valuable aspects of the Entrepreneurial Studies program at SA. Go Scots!