Meet the Sandy Cohort YEA Shark Tank Investor Panel Winner!
After tirelessly working on their business plans and presentations, the students of the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Sandy Cohort presented their business ideas. There were 13 businesses that presented at the Shark Tank Investor Panel with ideas ranging from a craft subscription box, Craft Crate, to a double-sided flossing tool, FlossX. In total, $12,500 to be awarded to the students who presented.
There were a total of 13 businesses that presented their plans to a panel of eight judges. $11,100 was disbursed betwee the businesses. The top winners were Olivia Berhan, of Draper; Brad Wilcox, of Riverton; and Ava Henderson, of Sandy.
We would like to introduce our 2016-2017 Sandy Cohort winner, Oliva Berhan, CEO of Kelali. Olivia was awarded $4,000 to aid her in efforts to start her business. She will be traveling to Rochester, NY at the beginning of May to compete against approximately 100 other businesses from across the nation in the Regional and the National competitions, after which, she will be traveling to Ethiopia to immediately begin following through on starting her business.
Inspired by the women swaddling their children in the traditional gabi, Kelali's first product, is a simple swaddle blanket. Kelali seeks to bring the historical significance of swaddling to an American audience. Throughout time, swaddles have been used in ancient civilizations to hold young children and infants. However, the true significance of the swaddle was not yet known by Western Society until recently. Medical doctors and researchers have actually found that the swaddle mimics the mother's womb; tightly holding them the way they are positioned before birth.
The swaddle blanket will be manufactured in Ethiopia, to support the "Women's Workers Union". This venture will support women who have been victims of abduction marriage, divorce, and cultural separation. This model provides a way for women in these circumstances to become independent and provide for themselves and their children.
To follow Olivia's path to Nationals and learn more about YEA!, click here.