In the recent UGA Next Top Entrepreneur Competition, two Close School entrepreneurs showcased their innovative ideas as finalists. The competition drew in over 50 student entrepreneurs from across the country, with 10 finalists pitching their products to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.
One of the standout finalists was ANDiDREW, an educational comics curriculum for Torah studies, pitched by Andrew Galitzer, an engineering student from Drexel University and Baiada Institute resident. ANDiDREW aims to foster a deeper connection with Torah studies and promote understanding of the Jewish faith among students of all backgrounds.
Another notable finalist was Lockdown Solutions, a school safety concept pitched by Andrew Struminger, a management information systems student from Drexel University and one of Close School’s selected Impact Innovation Hub inaugural cohorts. Lockdown Solutions proposes connecting magnetic door locks to a school internet network, enabling teachers or staff members to trigger a lockdown in case of emergencies and enhancing school safety measures.
I truly appreciate the opportunity to participate in the University of Georgia’s Next Top Entrepreneur Competition. It was a fantastic experience to share the stage with many talented and driven individuals. I’d like to thank UGA for hosting the event, the judges for their constructive feedback, and the Close School, along with my mentors and advisors, for their continuous support. The competition provided a platform to present our innovative solution, and I’m confident that the insights and connections gained during this event will significantly contribute to the growth and success of Lockdown.– Andrew Struminger, Founder of Lockdown Solutions
The UGA Entrepreneurship Program, which supports students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset and prepares them for business leadership roles, provided a platform for these promising young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.