Fremd High team part of national business competition

Updated 7/11/2018 2:59 PM

A team representing Fremd High School in Palatine will pitch the idea for a new business next week part of a national competition modeled after ABC's "Shark Tank."

The Fremd team will join peers from Lake Forest High School. Westlake High School in Texas, Academy of Engineering and Tech in Virginia and Lorenzo Walker Technical High School in Florida in the INCubatoredu National Summit, which starts Monday in Chicago. Students will cap the conference with a competition Wednesday in which they will pitch their business plans to a panel of educators.


According to summit officials, Fremd will pitch Ideal Meal, a website and app allowing consumers to seek restaurants based on food allergies and dietary preferences or restrictions. The team behind Ideal Meal -- Maria Barto, Alex Harmon, Rebecca Porto and Kevin Chung -- received a $20,000 investment in May at the third annual District 211 Pitch Night.

They be vying for additional funding for their proposed businesses at the national competition.

INCubatoredu has 122 schools in 18 states and 150 teachers in its entrepreneurial program. The idea of the Merchandise Mart gathering next week is to bring together the talent and experience of the teachers and business professionals that are part of the program to share ideas.

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