Local high school students show off their business ideas

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Several students from the San Diego Unified School District competed Wednesday in what’s called, "America’s Teen Mogul Competition."

The contest allows students to showcase their business ideas and it highlights their abilities to become entrepreneurs.

Brian Linthicum and Nate Dimelfi are both high school students.

"So our business is called Tech Crash. What it is is a podcast focused on internet safety and how to protect your information while your using the Internet," Dimelfi said.

They are entrepreneurs in the making.

There Point Loma students are among 27 other student teams throughout the San Diego Unified School District, who are ready to show off their products and business plans.

"This morning I worked on the power point and made sure the poster looked super good because all of that are super key concepts that we need to pitch to Nick Cannon," Linthicum said.

Each team has come up with an original idea to start a business and they pitched their ideas to celebrity and San Diego native, Nick Cannon, who stopped in to give the students a pep talk.

"I remember being in their shoes being one of those young, excited innovative, creative minds," Cannon said.

Through his foundation, Cannon created the "America’s Teen Mogul Competition," which these students are participating.

They’re competed for cash money and prizes and of course, gaining an invaluable experience.

"This is something really cool for kids to do for young people to do.  Right here we have young people from Freshman to Seniors that are really putting together their ideas and it’s exciting," Cannon said.

"All the groups are going to make their 2 minute pick to Nick Cannon and his foundation and they are going to pick a winner, there’s some cash money and the cool thing is they may have a company, today! Today!" said Cinematic Arts Teacher, Anthony Palmiato.

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