On Tuesday, April 9, students from Orange County High School participated in the Tom Tom Youth Summit, a day-long celebration of student innovation and creativity in Charlottesville, Virginia. As part of this conference, area high schools may send one team to participate in a Social Innovation Pitch Challenge and one team to participate in a Business Pitch Challenge. A winning team in each category receives cash prizes and mentorship from the iLab at the University of Virginia, which provides funding, mentors, and resources to help establish new entrepreneurs and business opportunities.

OCHS students Sekum Appiah Ofori, Montgomery Fox, and Faith Bielanski won the Social Innovation Challenge with their app, Sleek Safety. This app works to promote safe dating environments, specifically when meeting online dates for the first time in person. These students have been invited to attend entrepreneurial workshops and business incubator programs this summer with iLab.

The OCHS team who competed in the Business Pitch Challenge did not win the category, but judges were impressed with their idea and this group was also invited to iLab to help further develop their business plan. This group’s idea was Wise Bride, a mail subscription planning box for brides.