Several Oldenburg students participated in the Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition sponsored by Eco15, Franklin County Community Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Oldenburg Academy.
Community judges adjudicated the 12 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin County.
Oldenburg Academy Business Teacher Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “This is such an awesome opportunity – I am so proud of our students and their hard work with this competition.”
Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experienced professional judges. The winning groups were as follows:
Third place winner, which received $200, was LED’D, a LED light attachment for mailboxes that makes it easy for owners of homes, farms and businesses to make their property distinct and easily identifiable, invented by seniors Isaiah Frey and Cora Weisenbach.
Second place winner receiving $300 was Got Your Back, Bro, a complete gift-giving and reminder service, specifically designed for men started by seniors Luke Hammoor, Josh Hollingsworth and Peter Weisbrod.
First place winner received $500 and went to NewsMapp, a news application that allows users to access news content based on recommendations from other users and geographic preferences, started by seniors Daniel Mullen and Taylor Reed.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the 2014 Maverick Challenge can contact Jonathon Maple at email@example.com .
The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and has been a growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.