Students team up for entrepreneurship challenge _lowres

Photo provided by Academy of the Sacred Heart—From left are Yvonne Adler, head of the Upper School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart; Clare Heidel; Grayson Doyle; and Michelle Scandurro, head of the Upper School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

A partnership between two high school students who met this past summer at the Leadership and Design Summer Program in New Orleans is one of 20 finalist teams in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.

The challenge teaches entrepreneurial thinking to high school students. It is a partnership between Junior Achievement New Orleans and the Brees Dream Foundation.

Clare Heidel, a junior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Grayson Doyle, a sophomore at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, pitched their idea during the Leadership and Design Summer Program and were encouraged to continue work on their prototype and business plan.

As semi-finalists in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge, they will be mentored by local entrepreneurs and community leaders to fine-tune their business pitch. After their training, there will be a few days of online voting in February. Finalists will then be selected to present their ideas during the Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Youth Entrepreneur Day in March.