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30-Day Entrepreneurship Challenge Updates

On Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the High School commons, seven teams of entrepreneurs presented their business ideas for a chance to represent Priory in the second annual 30-Day Entrepreneurship Challenge presented by Independent Youth, Entrepreneurs’ Organization and MasterCard. All the teams have come a long way since the start of the competition on March 1 in developing their ideas and beginning to turn them into companies.

Judges for the event included:

  • Tanya Hamilton, the founder of Independent Youth
  • Jerry Dow, CMO at Suddenlink
  • Steve Hanley, CEO of MediBeacon
  • Drew Dubray, President of the Priory Fathers' Club and General Manager at Takara Belmont
  • Matt Wagner, President & Founder of Parkside Financial Bank & Trust
  • Harlee Sorkin, principal at Mentor Management and Managing Director at Commonplace Holdings.

"Independent Youth was excited to have Priory students take part in The 30 Day Entrepreneurship Challenge this year," Ms. Hamilton said. "Too often, teens believe that becoming an entrepreneur is a dream that is unattainable, especially as a kid. We believe the Challenge allows students to move beyond the conceptual stage and begin to fully understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. With this, we hope to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and spark the entrepreneurial spirit that may lie within them."

The winner of Wednesday’s competition will represent the school at the Final Showcase to be held on April 18 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the City Museum’s Vault Room. To register for this free event please sign up online.

This year's winner is junior Jake Drysdale. Jake has licensed a technology that he can apply to signs to reduce carbon emissions from cars. He hopes to begin by selling his signs to educational institutions in the St. Louis area for use at pick-up and drop-off areas.

 2015 30-Day Challenge Winner Jake Drysdale

from left to right: Gabe Santa Cruz, Drew Dubray, Jerry Dow,
Steve Hanley, Jake Drysdale, Matt Wagner, Tanya Hamilton & Harlee Sorkin

In addition to competing for cash prizes (up to $2000 for first place!), a fan favorite prize will also be awarded so bring as many people as you can!

The seven teams that competed last night are listed below with a description of their idea (in the order they presented).

Team #

Team Members

Concept Description

 Harley Sorkin

 Developing a method for aggregating class notes to improve study habits and testing performance.


Jack Pruett

Tejas Sekhar

Scripps Wilkinson

Saketh Yanamala

 Developing an expandable mouse that adjust to the size of your workspace.


Brett Greiner

Rand Wilkinson

 Developing a system for reminding people to take their medicine and communicate that information to caring third parties.


Bret Wang

Developing a product that keeps cups in place to prevent spilling.


Jake Drysdale

Make nanotech-coated signs that reduce air pollution and sell to schools.


Colin Croghan

Clayton Hamby

Tom Weaver

Created a business for the delivery of gas to local companies.


George Ahlering

Timmy Thompson

Developing Bluetooth enabled speakers to bring stereo sound to any room, anywhere at anytime.

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