Herricks students excel at Virtual Enterprise conference – School news


Priya Shah of Herricks High School was announced as the winner of the sixth annual elevator competition, winning peer review, competition of the day and $ 1,000 for her business / class. (Photo courtesy of Herricks Public Schools)

Three sections of students from Herricks’ Virtual Business Class attended the Sixth Annual Virtual Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, hosted by Long Island University on October 25. The day began with inspiring speeches from two remarkable business leaders, Marie Moody, CEO of the natural pet food company Stella & Chewy’s, and Helen Avery, editor-in-chief of Euromoney magazine.

Reinvigorated by the excitement of the day, the students embarked on the prelims of the elevator pitch competition. Of the 93 competing virtual business / school companies, Herricks demanded that the competition be considered.

Senior Herricks Richard Lee, CEO of the foldable electric longboard company “Bam-Board”; Priya Shah, CEO of the personal care company based on the “Eleventh Hour” app; and junior Kiruthiga Shanmugananthan, CEO of mobile storefront supplier “Kairoads”, took to the main stage of Tilles Center to present each company’s one-minute elevator pitch. Thrilled with the enthusiasm, the three members of the company gathered to cheer on their respective CEOs.

While the judges counted the results, the students participated in several breakout sessions focused on business financing, branding / personal leadership, social media marketing and fundraising.

Long Island University then posted the top nine finalists who would compete in the final round of the Elevator Pitch competition. Herricks, breaking the mold, now had two competing students who qualified for the final round. Priya Shah of “Eleventh Hour” and Kiruthiga Shanmugananthan of “Kairoads” would be back on stage for the final round of the competition. With even higher stakes, after all nine teams showed up again, Priya Shah was announced as the winner of the sixth annual elevator pitch competition, winning peer review, competition of the day and 1 $ 000 for his business / class.

The Herricks Groups were joined by Liam O’Brien, Business / Virtual Business Professor. A special thank you to Rose Lavelle and Claude Commisso for their help in supervising the event.

Submitted by Herricks Public Schools

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