High School Entrepreneurs Program: Shark Tank without the Sharp Teeth

Innovate 518 welcomed teen inventors and creators from across the region to the UAlbany campus on Saturday, Jan. 27 for a day-long workshop that connected students with local entrepreneurs.

The high school students learned what it takes to frame a business idea and develop a pitch, working in small groups with mentors from across the region.

They’ll be back at UAlbany on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 28 to pitch their ideas in what student founder Annav Kannan told the Times-Union will be a “snark-free” version of the television program Shark Tank.

Kannan, a senior at Guilderland High School, came up with the idea for the “Startup High School NY” program and recruited GHS business studies teacher, Joan McGrath, and Innovate 518’s entrepreneur in residence, Robert Manasier as co-founders.

All costs were underwritten by Innovate 518 and co-sponsors 4cite, Jahnel Group, Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti, Key Bank, Pioneer Bank, and Troy Web Consulting.