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Priory Entrepreneurship Goes on Full Display

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Mr. Santa Cruz reports...

At Priory, the spring trimester brings with it a flurry of entrepreneurship-related activity. From the sophomores working on their business plans in Web Application Development to enterprising students competing in competitions for cash prizes, Priory students are hard at work developing business ideas.

This past April, Priory also hosted the Priory Entrepreneurship Expo – Sponsored by CEdge (PE2). At the expo, the sophomores competed for attendees’ votes and other students competed in the local 30-Day Challenge.

Sophomores Robert Bordeaux, Joe Krewet and Connor Funk took the sophomore prize and second place in the 30-Day competition with their business, Inerro. Inerro is developing software that takes existing open-source brain control interface software and creates the ability to control software games by thinking the action you want the game to perform. For example, you train the interface to understand when you think jump and the software sends that signal to the game to make you jump, eliminating the need for a controller.

Freshman Ian Crossey took first place at the local 30-day challenge competition and was given the chance to represent Priory at the regional 30-day challenge. Ian’s business is Jitney, a carpooling service for schools without bussing options. With Jitney, parents can find rides for their students to school and school-sponsored events with students at the school that are “already going that way”, paying less for the service than Uber since they only pay the incremental distance incurred by the driver.

entrepreneurshipIan Crossey, Junior Will Steger and Senior Agam Saluja also competed in SLU’s Angels in the Outfield. Ian and Agam were selected out of more than 100 applications as part of the final 10. The competition was very fierce with several competing companies already showing revenue! While neither placed in the top 3, both represented the school very well.

Finally, Ian competed in the regional 30-day challenge with his business, Jitney. After a very competitive first round with quicker 2-minute pitches, Ian made the finals and ultimately took first place. For winning the competition, Ian took home a cash prize, a 3-month subscription to a co-working space, tickets to next year’s TrepStart and a scholarship to SLU’s Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy.

All in all, it has been a very successful competition season for the school and we look forward to doing even better next year!

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