The SAP Social Innovation Series in partnership with GENYOUth hosted the AdVenture Capital (AdCap) program which awarded five teen entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU. Established as a series of innovation workshops across multiple cities, the SAP Social Innovation Series promotes solutions led by students that helps them in the areas of design thinking and entrepreneurship while they drive changes in their schools.
The five teens were the finalists of 180 students who attended Social Innovation Series events across the U.S., developing and pitching ideas to a panel of judges. From this, three teams emerged taking the grand prize of meeting with Daymond John and learning from him and SAP.
“Good mentors are one of the most important pieces of building a successful business. They're the reason I am where I am today, and why I joined Shark Tank," said Daymond John. “GENYOUth's AdVenture Capital program sparks the passion that many young people have in them to do good, and I'll invest in that passion every time."
The winning students and their ideas are:
- Jewell, from Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas, with Cart Cuisine, helping students remain on time with a mobile lunch cart offering grab and go options.
- Arianna and Cassandra, from Southeastern Regional Vocational High School in Boston, Massachusetts, with Operation Rooftop, a collaborative effort with existing culinary clubs to share smoothie recipes, grow produce, and run taste test competitions.
- Jacob and Jade, from Mountain Ridge High School in Phoenix, Arizona, with Take a Stand, working with engineering clubs to build, maintain, and implement standing desk programs into school days.