Bullis Students Win $10,000 in School’s Annual Shark Tank Competition

Students in the Bullis School’s Entrepreneurship Signature Program competed in the school’s annual Shark Tank competition on Tuesday.

This year’s competition was different than the competitions in years past because Bullis has moved to online learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. Four groups of students presented real business startups they’ve developed to to three judges: Bluemercury founder Marla Beck; Cava CEO Brett Schulman; and CEO and Founder of And1 Seth Berger.

The student team that came up with the business Sice Me, an “online marketplace for high schools and colleges that enables students to sell and receive non-essential goods,” ultimately won the competition, winning $10,000. Students in the group included Mingyang He, Zach Lieberman, Dennis Perkins, Alex Rolinski, Connor Shepard, James Snowden, and Dillon Weinberg.

The team came up with a mobile application that was tested by fellow Bullis students (before schools were closed because of the coronavirus). In the Sice Me application, students sold goods — mostly appliance items — in a digital marketplace. During the testing phase, Sice Me generated $1,118 in transactions, making a total of 26 sales.

After announcing Sice Me’s victory, Beck spoke on behalf of the judges: “We thought that this was something you could take to market right away.”

Marc Steren, the Bullis School’s entrepreneurship director, praised students involved in the program for their work, especially under the difficult circumstances of the coronavirus and online learning.

“It’s obviously put a restraint on their ability to acquire new customers but they’ve been go-getters,” Steren said.

Steren also teaches at Georgetown university and said students in Bullis’ Entrepreneurship Signature Program “are just as great as the collegiate level.”

Tweet Recap of Bullis Entrepreneurship Shark Tank Competition

Here’s a recap of Bullis’ Shark Tank competition, in the form of tweets.

 

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