More than 80 students spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.
Judging was a three-person panel comprised of national startup and technology writers Shaila Ittycheria of New York and Arkansas-native Erica Swallow, plus Greg Scruggs, a defensive end with the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks.
Scruggs, a Cincinnati native who played his college ball at Louisville, spent the 2013 season recuperating from a torn ACL and is expected to return in the fall. His passion for youth entrepreneurship and connection to Noble Impact co-founder Chad Williamson landed him an invitation to judge.
An official Startup Weekend event, High School Startup Weekend was organized by Little Rock’s Noble Impact, which works in partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service to engage students in public service through entrepreneurship. The Clinton School hosted the event, which named its winners Sunday night after 54 hours of brainstorming and networking.
The top prize went to a North Little Rock High School venture called CatchinUp, which aims to help high-school students who fall behind in their school work. Second place and the best pitch award went to Tow ‘N Stow, a venture from eStem students to provide portable storage lockers at large outdoor events.
Read more about the event at Arkansas Business.