During the week of July 16, 2018, 10 VE-JV middle school students from San Fernando Institute of Applied Media (SFIAM) put their STEM skills to the test at the Cal Poly Pomona Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab). The students learned how to find their target market, how to finance a start-up, about the legal aspects of a business, and much more. Students and business department faculty from Cal Poly Pomona helped guide, teach, and supervise this event.
The teams that presented during the camp pitched innovative businesses including Dr. Teeth, a brace guard that lets you eat with braces on, and Life Beacon, an app that helps injured people get help right away. Congratulations to the Dr. Teeth team for taking home first place!
A special thanks to New York Life Foundation for supporting the VE-JV program and events like these. Thank you to Erin Fitzgerald from SFIAM for your guidance throughout this educational adventure. Thank you to our judges, all Cal Poly Pomona alum, for spending time with our students; Naomi Altamirano, Berlyn Gallardo, and Peter Nguyen.