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These 10 student startups compete in NFTE’s Regional Youth Business Plan Competition

NFTE is a national youth entrepreneurship organization whose Philly branch started in 2007, and the business plan competition is the year-end culmination of students' work.

A solar-powered cell phone case that simultaneously protects and charges phones. An online dressing room. A tattoo coverup solution for special occasions when you need to look just a bit more polished.

Those were just some of the student business ideas that advanced in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)‘s Regional Youth Business Plan Competition last month. NFTE is a national youth entrepreneurship organization that has had a Philly branch since 2007, and the business plan competition is the year-end culmination of students’ work.

Fifty NFTE students competed at the event — double the number of last year’s semi-finalists — held at SAP North America‘s headquarters in Newtown Square. SAP employees helped run and judge the competition. Eleven students and their ten startups advanced to the finals, which will be held this week at the University City Science Center.

Former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski was the keynote speaker at the semi-finals.

Below, the students and their business ideas, as provided by SAP and NFTE.

Christian Philip (sophomore, Dobbins High School): Fallout Films and Productions is a film and image editing company. He plans to attend Hutchens School of Art for his associate’s degree, and then transferring to a four-year art school to study film and video making/animation.

Shelby Worchester (junior, George Washington High School): Paws Above the Rest is a pet grooming company. Her five dogs serve as the inspiration for her business.

Niya Childers (junior, Roxborough High School): Smiley Platters delivers delicious home cooking right to your front door. Niya is an excellent cook who is passionate about nutrition and eating well. Niya plans to go into the Navy after high school where she can develop her leadership skills.

Jade-Rose Green (junior, Parkway Northwest High School): Walking Designs is a boutique clothing design company. Jade-Rose designs her own clothing and is also an artist of many different mediums. She markets her business online.

Drew Martin (freshman, Newark High School in Newark, Del.): Glass Roots is a stained glass company that creates unique and commissioned glass pieces for craft fairs and individuals. Drew actively runs his business, and produces stain glass artwork for gallery shows. He is passionate about crafts and workmanship.

Erik Spiller (senior, World Communications Charter School): Coverups provides a solution to cover tattoos temporarily for weddings, interviews, and other formal events. He plans to attend Elizabethtown College.

Dextina Nebo and Italia Washington (seniors, World Communications Charter School): D&L Lip Balms markets organic lip balm made from a proprietary formula.

LaShea Lamb (senior, World Communications Charter School): SunIt creates solar-powered phone cases to protect cell phones and charge them at the same time. She will major in engineering and attend Lock Haven University.

Valerie Nieves (senior, Esperanza Academy Charter School): VShop is an online dressing room. Using a digital avatar, she has created a platform for customers to see themselves in clothing they are interested in purchasing. She plans to attend Johnson and Wales next school year.

Dailyn Caba (freshman, Esperanza Academy Charter School): Flat Heels, produces a convertible shoe that switches between a flat and heel. She is inspired by women who struggle by carrying two pairs of shoes, flats and heels, for different occasions on the same day.

Companies: NFTE / SAP

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