South Carolina has a brand new award-winning entrepreneur — and she or he’s 15 years outdated.
On Tuesday, Sydney Broadwell, a scholar at Crescent High School in Anderson County, positioned first within the 2020 YEScarolina S.C. State Business Plan Competition, an annual occasion held by the Charleston nonprofit.
Working since 2014, YEScarolina teaches youth the ideas of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. It has helped hundreds of scholars statewide develop enterprise abilities and authorized greater than 1,000 academics as regards to entrepreneurship.
Two college students from Charleston and Dorchester counties additionally positioned within the annual competitors this yr.
Any scholar who has gone by means of a summer season camp or entrepreneurship in a South Carolina highschool is eligible to submit a enterprise concept to the competition. Because the winner, Broadwell was awarded $3,000 in seed cash to launch her enterprise, whereas the remaining high 4 contestants vied for a sum of $4,000.
This yr, college students utilized by submitting movies of their presentation. Just like the TV present Shark Tank, a panel of native entrepreneurs then evaluated their enterprise fashions.
Judges chosen the highest 10 college students throughout the state, then YES Carolina’s board members pared them additional to 5: Broadwell, Adam Anderson, Christian Pimentel, Aleksander Polka and Dora Bendetti.
“Every was paired up with a mentor from YESCarolina’s community of entrepreneurs, who labored one-on-one with the children to take their ideas and advance them ahead,” YEScarolina Government Director Tracy Bradshaw mentioned.
Together with his mentor’s assist, third- place winner Pimentel of Horry County was in a position to create a prototype of his build-your-own drone idea.
The entrants additionally created commercials this summer season, one thing Bradshaw mentioned that they had not been in a position to do in earlier contests.
The competitors culminated in Tuesday evening’s grand finale at downtown’s Workshop.
Incomes her first place title, Broadwell developed a line of high-quality natural paint merchandise that fight poisonous smells and fumes present in widespread artwork manufacturers.
“Sydney researched and located a method that she labored on all through the summer season,” Bradshaw mentioned. “She was actually in a position to give you a line of pure artwork provides, and introduced her prototype along with her and a portray she had finished.”
Polka, a 17-year-old scholar at Wando High School, got here in fourth place for Anonimowy, his enterprise that buys and sells domains. Polka has already launched his firm — named for the Polish phrase for “nameless”— and has been producing income by serving to others with their model wants.
Dorchester County had two finalists within the competitors: Bendetti who got here in fifth place for her protected relationship service for youngsters, Bloom, and Anderson who gained second place for The Burger Boat, a meals truck for the water.
“They’re ingenious. I’m all the time blown away, particularly as there are some concepts which can be so distinctive. I keep in mind seeing Alex’s enterprise mannequin and considering what an incredible concept and what a good way to get cash as a excessive schooler,” Bradshaw mentioned. “I’m all the time so impressed with how inventive they’re and the way far more ardour they’ve after they’re working for themselves.”
Attain Teri Errico Griffis at 843-849-3144.