Schools may be closed but that didn’t stop NFTE students from refining their business plans and pitches. Three businesses made it to the final round of competition in the 2020 DC Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Here are the results:

  • Justin Graves, age 17, from Oxon Hill High School, took first place with a business pitch for RolTech, which combines the fashion of watches and the function of phones with for affordable wearable technology.
  • Rachel Hirz, age 17, from Falls Church High School, took second place with her pitch for Keeper of the Keys, customized handmade keychains.
  • Julia Tan, age 16, from Falls Church High School, finished third with a pitch for District Helper, which provides parents with an easy way to hire service providers at a reasonable rate.

Justin Graves and Rachel Hirz, the top two finishers, have qualified to compete in Nationals this year. They advance to the quarterfinal rounds in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge this October.