Five of NFTE Florida’s top young entrepreneurs, all national qualifiers this year, were interviewed by ABC Local 10 News @ 5PM today: Richard Smithies, Vyacheslav Lazurenko and Christian Garcia Ordonez, from Coral Gables Senior High School; James Murray, from Nova High School; and Elizabeth Berenguer, from Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy. Each of the entrepreneurs was asked to describe their business and probed to explain their innovative ideas.
Garcia Ordonez and Lazurenko described their business, Shield, which will utilize laser technology to manufacture and sell soldier equipment that will prevent friendly fire accidents in military combat and prioritize safety with firearms. Murray described his business, Guardian Helper, which markets a wristband to help parents prevent their child from wandering away and becoming lost. Berenguer described her business, PawFect Pets’ Festival, a gathering where pet owners can come and buy pet products, talk to service providers, and spend a day with their families. Smithies described his business, Helios Mining, an enterprise that mines Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Smithies stressed his plan to increase profits by reducing costs in an environmentally friendly way, by powering his servers with solar panels.
All five teens are taking what they learned in their NFTE classrooms to NYC this week, to pitch their business ideas in the final rounds of NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on October 12.