Sophomore Entrepreneurs Compete in Shark Tank Competition
Brianne Kuhr’s ‘Eskimo Eats’ Takes Top Prize
On Tuesday, May 9, the Sophomore entrepreneurship class competed in Ms. Remmereid’s annual Shark Tank competition, based off the popular TV show. Over the last 6 weeks, each student designed a full business plan for a small business that is feasible in our area.
On Tuesday, the sophomore students made a pitch to the sharks for a loan to help get their business started. The sharks for this competition were Kurt Dostal of Citizens State Bank, Brian Maliha of Maliha Insurance, Angie Reeves of Kit Held Seed and Chemical, and LHS junior Aubrie Hanna.
Ms. Remmereid, the Entrepreneurship teacher said, “Shark Tank was very competitive this year. There were a lot of great ideas. The sophomores put a lot of effort into making a feasible business for their community, and it's really neat to see how they plan it all out.”
All of the sophomore students made a Shark Tank presentation, but only 8 of them made it to finals. The 8 that made it to finals were Carter Brabec, Riley VanDyke, Brianne Kuhr, Izzy Hollatz, Baylee Settje, Emily Stender, Delanie Erwin, and Paige Kurpgeweit. Some of these projects included a coffee and ice cream shop, a power washing service, home cleaning service, dog grooming service, graphic design, videography, photography, computer repair, a daycare, at-home healthcare, softball camps, gym and fitness apparel, show cattle, custom hay service, and a putt-putt course and family fun center.
The winners of the Shark Tank were 1st place—Brianne Kuhr with Eskimo Eats, a coffee and ice cream shop; 2nd place—Carter Brabec with CB Power Washing, a residential and pig facility power washing service; and 3rd place—Baylee Settje with Baylee's Cleaning Service, a home cleaning and organizing service.
Shark Tank winner Brianne Kuhr said, “I was very excited to win Shark Tank this year, and it was a great experience to show my pitch and present it to the judges. I am very grateful that the community is so involved with the school and willing to judge activities like this one.”
Ms. Remmereid would also like to thank the community members that took time out of their day: “We really appreciate how our community members are involved in our competition. It makes it more realistic to ask for a loan and gives the opportunity for students to interact with local businesspeople."