Sophomores had the Sharks Biting!

January 31, 2016 Connor Smith Events Gallery, In the Press, Q2L at Large

January 21, 2016 – There were truck designs, taste tests and projections galore! After a semester of unit price calculations, market research and data analysis, Phylicia, Mei and Sine’s 10th grade Algebra students had the opportunity to showcase their final business plans. The entrepreneurs competed for the glory of “Best Overall Pitch” to a panel of fours judges, or “sharks,” in hopes of having them ‘invest’ in their food truck company.

The “Sharks” for the evening were Quest teacher, Orlando Garcia, and three food industry professionals: Dilara Erbay, Chef/Owner of Abracadabra Restaurant in Williamsburg, Robert Hoyt, Marketing Director of Muscle Maker Grill and Ben Ross, Vice President of Muscle Maker Grill. As Orlando honed in on the delivery of each pitch, Ms. Erbay assessed the design components of each food truck. Mr. Hoyt and Mr. Ross had a keen eye for the soundness of each business plan and the mathematical evidence provided in each pitch, even employing a calculator when necessary.

Entrepreneurs were busy as parents, teachers and peers circulated the room to explore the competition for themselves. Everyone was involved in choosing the winners for “People’s Choice” awards. The most votes were cast for Isaac Silva and Robert Martinez’s truck, “PPH” (“Pretty Patties Here”), featuring burgers and a pitch complete with a hand-constructed and designed model truck by Isaac Silva. A pair of 9th grade students, Monika Tylawski and Rudra Schultz Ray, got in on the accolades also winning “People’s Choice” for their truck “Super Burger” featuring burgers.

Our experts were deeply impressed by all the entrepreneurs and their visions, making the decision for “Best Overall Pitch” a difficult one. There were two winners for “Best Overall Pitch.” The first winner was Alex Torres for his pitch for the truck “Mac Attack,” serving Mac n’ Cheese five different ways, which was developed with classmate Shannon Thomas. The second team winning team, Hayley Greene Rosa and Mei Lascina, won for their truck “Meiley” which served Chicken Adobo that had taste buds buzzing.

The event was a tremendous success. We are deeply grateful to our experts whose time and participation truly made this event come alive for our entrepreneurs!

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