On April 6, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos hosted the 4th annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge. This year’s theme, “StartUp Nassau,” asked teams to convince a panel of expert judges that their new businesses could collaborate with local universities and succeed in Nassau County. Approximately 160 students from 13 Nassau County high schools competed for top prizes of $2500, $1250 and $1000.
First prize went to East Meadow High School’s Team Energym, who received $2500 provided by HAB Bank for its business plan to manufacture and market a device that stores a bicycle’s kinetic energy to power electrical devices.
Second prize went to Baldwin High School’s Chip In team, who received $1250 from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin for a business plan to create and market a device that tracks the whereabouts of chip wearers.
Third prize went to MacArthur High School’s Team Safe Touch of Levittown, who received $1000 from the Long Island Conservatory for its plan to produce and market a fingerprint-activated locking device for firearms.
“I am tremendously proud of the outstanding young people who presented their business ideas today,” said Maragos. “I encourage these students to refine their ideas and pursue their dreams. This is the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that will help Nassau County’s economy thrive.”