The fourth Startup Experience, designed to jumpstart students' entrepreneurial spirit, took place in early December in Centennial Hall. The intensive two-day workshop paired Upper School students with alumni mentors to identify real world problems, create solutions and develop business models. At the end of the second day, teams of students pitched their startup ideas to a panel of alumni judges.
Facilitator Henrik Scheel has led Startup Experience programs for organizations throughout the world. Gilman was the first high school in the U.S. to take part. Scheel says the results of Gilman students are on par with the work he sees at the college level.
We thank the following alumni mentors and judges — all with business startup experience themselves – for giving so much of their time to the students:
- John Avirett '01, Partner, Greenspring Associates
- Alex Benfield '10, Co-Founder, Aging2.0 Baltimore
- Peter Bowe '74, President, Ellicott Dredges LLC
- Ned Brody '82, Founder & Partner, FoundryDC
- Henry Cha '90, CEO, Healthcare Interactive
- Lawson DeVries '96, General Partner, Grotech Ventures
- Dyson Dryden '94, President & CFO, Capital Acquisition III
- Phil Han '04, Owner, Dooby's
- David Kim '97, CEO, C2 Education
- Lee Kowarski '96, Vice President, DST kasina
- Jay Menton '96, Principal, JAMCAP LLC
- Josh Levinson '89, Owner, Charm City Run LLC
- Charlie Moore '76, Co-Founder, DinnerTime
- Mark Neumann '81, Managing Director, 510 Ventures, LLC
- Roger Novak '66, Founder, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
- Hunter Somerville '00, Principal, Greenspring Associates
- David Zinreich '94, Financial Advisor, Black Diamond Financial
The winning business pitch was Easy Keep, a novel idea for storing excess "stuff" without having to rent a storage locker, which was developed by Taylor Cashman '17, Wyatt Naylor '18, and Colton Keetley '17.