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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Surprise youth showcase innovative solutions at Entrepreneurship Boot Camp


Youthful innovation was on display June 8 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Fourteen students from Paradise Honors, Willow Canyon, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Dysart high schools worked in teams at the city’s business incubator to identify a community need and develop a product or service to address that need.

The finale of the weeklong camp was a marketing pitch before a panel of judges in the Surprise City Council Chambers. The teens’ ideas included a new option for mobile resources to help the homeless, a foundation to help fund the research for synthetic organs and an eco-friendly and low cost water filtration system using thermal distillation. But, the big winner was Linked, an app that fully disables a driver’s ability to access messaging apps and social media while driving. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson, Jack Platacz, Sean Cox and Sebastian Bednarek from Paradise Honors High School on their win!

Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 20 businesses and nearly 300 jobs.

Learn more at or call 623.222.TECH.

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