BELOIT - A group of students from Rock County Christian School's Entrepreneurship Program was selected to attend the Midwest Pitch Competition at UW-Whitewater on Feb. 27.
The team, comprised of Guinivere Hausser, Cameron Davila, Nolan Urish and Kora Lathers, placed sixth out of seven groups of finalists. There were 60 applications to attend the elite competition.
The four students came up with the idea for the New School Study App in early September for its entrepreneurship 1 class. It allows students to take pictures of their school notes with their phones and store them in folders within the app. Unlike other apps on the market, the students said their new app could be available without WiFi and would save space for students on the go.
The New School Study App, students said, allows more customization. For example, students can create the notes which work best for them. Students can take pictures of their notes, color code them or organize notes into subjects and chapters.
The students were excited to have been chose to attend the UW-Whitewater competition. They said it was not quite as intense as the TV show "Shark Tank," but close.
"It was a learning experience," Davila said.
The students plan to keep tweaking their business plans. Currently, they are researching who to hire to write software for the app and the associated costs involved.
"We are hoping it's on the market by next year," Hausser said.
Once on the market, the students plan to approach local high schools as well as athletic programs at colleges and universities.
The students said they never expected their business model would make it this far, but they are glad it did.
"We really want to go places with it. We are in it for the long run," Hausser said.
Davila said giving presentations about the product has made him a lot more comfortable speaking in public. He recalled going to youth group the evening after the competition.
"I was able to answer any questions and felt way more talkative," Davila said.
RCCS continues to build upon its entrepreneurship education offerings. It acquired a building at 417 Harrison Ave. across the street from its Beloit campus, 916 Bushnell St. The building being renovated for use next fall for entrepreneurship programs, the art program as well as additional office space.