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GISSV Shark Tank Event 2022

GISSV Shark Tank Event 2022

Our GISSV Entrepreneur Club headed by Martin Lentzen invited the school community to a Shark Tank event last week - with impressive student pitches, and fantastic speakers and panel.



Written by Martin Lentzen, Head of Economics

After two years, our Shark Tank Event could finally happen again in person, and the excitement in the room was palpable. First, our jury members – GISSV parents Dirk Lueth, Marcus Lipp, and Isabelle Finger – gave us an inspiring look into the future of the metaverse, NFTS in the gaming industry, and the merits of networking. Then, our young entrepreneurs impressed the audience by comprehensively communicating their ideas, presenting creative solutions, and answering the jury's questions.

The first prize went to the team of Julie B. and Felicia A. They convinced the jury with their elaborate and thought-through startup idea Sesamo, an app that helps optimize nutritional intake, and won the first prize. Nils F., Katjana K., and Anton S.A.'s pitch won the second prize with their impressive startup idea, "Cognitiy," an AI-based therapy app. Lastly,  Frieda C., Lani M.-S., and Rafael W. won the third prize with their timely idea to personalize education.

This year, many 10th grade students developed their startup ideas in GISSV's interdisciplinary AI project in which students learn about the technical and economic opportunities of neural networks in IT and Economics and assess the risks of using AI in ethics. To develop their ideas, students used scrum methods and received feedback from our 11th and 12th graders as well as experts from our community: Marcus Behrendt and Shahid Chishty. 

I also want to thank all the mentors who supported our Entrepreneurship Club throughout the year: Dirk Lueth, Holger Ippach, Marcus Lipp, Monika Goldberg, Nicolas Schapeler, and Christiane Meschkat!

Photos: Martin Lentzen