Business Savvy Students

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Virtual Enterprises class recently attended the Long Island Virtual Enterprises Summit at Long Island University Post campus alongside hundreds of other students from across Long Island in an effort to gain real world business skills and present their ideas.

During the summit, the Babylon students competed in an Elevator Pitch contest, selling their environmentally friendly water bottle company, ISSA, Inc. (It’s Smart Safe Agua). Additionally, they were able to attend a keynote address from Long Island University alumnus Al Kahn, who was instrumental in bringing Pokémon to the United States toy industry. 

The students’ project, which they had developed with the assistance of Babylon Junior-Senior High School technology teacher Brian Katz, is a business plan to create reusable water bottles containing an impurity detection and filtration system. 

Under the guidance of their Virtual Enterprises teacher, Kerri Frend, the team submitted their entry at the summit for the Business Plan Competition taking place early January, and is presently working on an actual business plan with a Dec. 15 due date.   
According to their website, Virtual Enterprises is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance and technology.
 
“I’d like to wish ISSA, Inc. the best of luck as they enter in the Business Plan Competition and partake in the NYC Trade Show in early January,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Practical Arts Chairperson Claire Reilly.