Comptroller's Challenge 2018
Nassau County Comptroller Announces Winners of Sixth Annual High School Entrepreneurial Challenge
Event Gives High School Students Opportunity to Develop and Present Business Ideas to Panel of Judges
MINEOLA, NY – The Office of the Nassau County Comptroller hosted its sixth annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (Challenge) on April 25 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building with a new theme focusing on Civic Innovation.
The Challenge consisted of student-led teams from public schools across Nassau County creating a fictional organization’s comprehensive business plan and elevator pitch. More than a dozen schools and 26 teams took part in the event, with an overarching theme of Civic Innovation and two categories: Technology and Social Entrepreneurship. The program was geared to inspire students to not only create a successful business plan, but also give back and make a positive impact in their communities.
“Our team is working around the clock to bring innovation to Nassau County, and that’s why we updated the Challenge to have two categories this year and provide students with different backgrounds and passions an opportunity to get involved,” Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman said. “Any young person can make a difference in their community and be a citizen superhero through civic innovation or social entrepreneurship and the Challenge is a great format for our future leaders.”
Twenty-six teams of five students filling the executive roles of a start-up technology company or community-oriented nonprofit developed an organizational plan and presented to a panel of judges.
The judging panel was comprised of community business and civic leaders:
Francesca Carlow, Nassau County Chambers of Commerce; Robert Suarez, Bethpage Federal Credit Union; David Schieren, Empower Solar; Ryan Coyne, Overview Technology Solutions; Jillian Weston, Jillian’s Circus; Pat Edwards, Citi; Raj Mehta, Infosys International; Marc Alessi, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP; Kiera McCourt, People’s United; Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones, Long Island Community Foundation; Harry Desgranges, People’s United; and Brian Berkery, Creative Vibe Advertising.
Congratulations to all teams involved and this year’s winners:
High School/Team Name
1st place: New Hyde Park Memorial High School/Stormore
2nd place: JFK High School/Smooth Improve
3rd place: MacArthur High School/Sensor X
JFK High School/SolarFlex
Massapequa High School/ACFT
Syosset High School/Solarity
Social Entrepreneurship Category
High School/Team Name
1st place: Baldwin High School/SuppLI
2nd place: East Meadow High School/Escape
3rd place: Carle Place High School/Ecowear
New Hyde Park Memorial High School/Bridge Program
Paul D. Schreiber High School/Live Action
MacArthur High School/Allergy Armour