Preventing Infant Deaths, Tracking Pulse With a Patch and Other Student Business Ideas

By Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12, Maegan Azpiazu

Gulliver Prep's International Business and Entrepreneurship Signature Academic Program hosted its 4th Annual Business Plan Showcase on March 14. Leading up to the showcase, students competed in classroom business plan competitions, with the top six teams moving on to pitch their original business ideas to a panel of judges and the Gulliver community.

The business plans presented covered a wide range of problem-solving opportunities. Team SOL took top honors while Team TRAQS placed second and Team Miss. Assist came in third.

Developed by Carolina Freund '19, Alex F. Roth '19 and Santiago Vergara '19, SOL aims to prevent infant injuries or death from heat by installing sensors in vehicles. On April 11, the trio will represent Gulliver at Innovate SFL, the culminating event for young entrepreneurs from private schools across South Florida.

TRAQS, an app-connected adhesive patch designed to be worn on the user's wrist, was created by Marcelina Balaguer '20, Ava Frati '20 and Alina Jimenez-Cala '20. The patch allows wearers to track their pulse, and potentially save their life, making it especially helpful for cardiovascular patients. Users can also connect their patch directly to their physician.

The trio of Julia Cili '20, Ignacio Fuentes '19 and Diego Rodriguez '20 created Miss. Assist, a portable net that quickly attaches to a soccer goal to create an extra five feet of netting, preventing players from having to chase the ball after a miss.

Also presented were VASKA, an intuitive luggage system; Lily Hoch, a women's accessories brand that bridges the gap between original design and customization; and Know4, a tool that promotes teaching and learning in students' preferred learning styles.

Returning to the judges panel this year were Head of School Frank Steel and longtime writer and researcher for The Miami Herald, Nancy Dahlberg. Joining them were Leonel Azuela P '21, managing director of Quaxar; Jessica Gonzalez P '18 '21 Gulliver Trustee and marketing director for First Class Resorts; Vince C. Lago '96, City of Coral Gables commissioner and executive for a management and design firm which specializes in the construction of medical and educational facilities; Michalis Stavrinides P '21 '22 '24, Vice Chair of the Gulliver Board of Trustees and partner at Banyan Investors; Jonathan Vilma P '28, former NFL player and current ESPN college football analyst and entrepreneur; and Gaby Telepman '16 whose team project, Roba, won first place in Gulliver's first Business Plan Showcase in 2015. Telepman is currently a sophomore at University of Richmond majoring in business administration and Latin American studies.

To view photos from the 2018 Business Plan Showcase, click here.

For more information about Gulliver's International Business and Entrepreneurship Signature Academic Program, contact Department Chair Ms. Daniela Brenha at brend@gulliverschools.org or 305.666.7937 ext. 3511.