The 2016-2017 school year has been host to many new changes throughout the Rockhurst High School community. On top of the new schedule and learning commons, the Entrepreneurs’ Club launched. The club was co-founded by seniors Ori Taylor, Miles Perry, Danny Powers and Eli Snyder. The club plans on teaching students how to pitch a business plan and prepare the group for the business world from an entrepreneur’s perspective.
Taylor originally came up with the idea for the club after starting his own two companies, the most recent one being Hyre KC. After going through the long and sometimes tedious process of starting a company, Taylor saw potential in creating a club where mock scenarios could be played out.
“Over the summer I was fortunate enough to attend a camp at Stanford, where I was taught invaluable lessons about entrepreneurship,” said Taylor. “In the two week camp, the skill of leadership was emphasized.”
The club is modeled off of the same business camp which Taylor had attended this summer. Students will come into the meetings with an idea that must be pitched to everyone. After pitching their ideas, the students will then listen to criticism that other students might have.
However, not all of the discussion is criticism. Students will often take great interest in an idea being presented. In the last meeting, a student pitched an idea about a sticker that could track lost items like a phone or a wallet. Most of the crowd exclaimed how awesome that product could be.
“You can say anything you want,” Danny Powers, co-founder, said. “All ideas are considered and all are given an opportunity to be played out in our club. We want everyone to be able to create like a true entrepreneur would be able to.”
The club plans on holding Shark Tank-style events in the future, where students would pitch an idea in front of a group of “sharks” in the same way that the show does. Members of the club were enthusiastic about what was going on in the club, which garnered a lot of support.
The motive behind joining the club was different for most members. For senior Dewayne Bright, joining came from the interest of starting a business someday. He explained that the environment allowed him to test the waters of the entrepreneurs’ world. For Joe Glaser, junior, it was to learn about the business world. “I joined because I wanted to learn new ideas about business. I learned how important perseverance is, because the world is tough and not every idea is going to be a good one,” Glaser said.
“I joined because I wanted to learn new ideas about business. I learned how important perseverance is, because the world is tough and not every idea is going to be a good one,” Joe Glaser, junior, said.
The club meetings are held every Tuesday in the second half of activity period. The club welcomes anyone with interest in the business world, and encourages everyone to at least try the club.