Bloomington Students win at Maverick Challenge

BLOOMINGTON – On February 16th, students in the INCubatoredu entrepreneurship program at The Academy of Science & Entrepreneurship (ASE) presented their first business pitches and received feedback from judges during the Pitch Showcase hosted by The Mill and The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

One of the groups from the Pitch Showcase went on to compete at the Maverick Challenge in Columbus, IN, and won first place and $1,500, which they will split. 

Congratulations to the MCCSC students that were awarded the 2020-2021 Maverick Challenge Regional Title.

Jesse Kogge, junior at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
Julia Layton, junior at Bloomington High School North
Aidan Mahaffey, junior at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship

Business Idea: AR Odyssey – Hands-on computer science education app for 10-13-year-old students that incorporates augmented reality.

Coordinated by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, the Maverick Challenge is designed to show high school students the viability of a career in entrepreneurship through a hands-on business planning experience. This year, more than 280 students from Bartholomew, Dearborn, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Monroe, and Scott counties participated in the program.  Since its inception in 2008, more than $100,000 has been awarded to students.

Students participating in the Maverick Challenge complete an online curriculum on business foundations to help them take their ideas from a concept to a developed business plan. Students work with local mentors throughout the competition to improve their business plans, and students pitch these business plans in multiple rounds of judging at both the county and regional levels. This year, the regional finals were held virtually via Zoom.

The team will now go on to compete at InnovateWithIN.

MCCSC High School Pitch Showcase