2020 Young Entrepreneur(s) of the Year
This Westie is awarded to an individual student or group of students in the Westlake area who have attempted to redefine the way we live, work and play. With an undeniable hunger for opportunity and an overwhelming ability to find creative solutions to old problems, this individual or group has a viable business concept that will generate revenue.Finalist: Christian Fournier
As an elementary student, Christian Fournier created and sold duct tape wallets and flies for fishing. In early high school he generated fliers to advertise lacrosse lessons and created a small business for himself. During his junior year, Christian was in the business incubator class at Westlake High School where he led a team of classmates to create Peer Prep, an online program that connects older high school mentors with younger aspiring students and athletes. Though Covid 19 cut the program short, it led to a summer internship and then a part time job working on the social media platform for Chinook Seedery. Christian’s high academic standards, leadership and business skills, and go getter attitude is taking him to West Point Military Academy where he will no doubt continue to explore new ways of thinking and operating.
Finalist: Katelyn and Kevin Yu
Custom Med Shields was founded in early March of 2020 by Kevin and Katelyn Yu, students at Westlake High School. In the beginning of the pandemic, they recognized that mass-produced face shields on the market did not accommodate field-specific eyewear for medical professionals who wear high-definition loupes, headlights, and radiation glasses. These young entrepreneurs custom-designed accessible and affordable shields using their knowledge from competitive robotics: prototyping using CAD, 3D-printing, and CNC machining. In just their first month of operation, they received hundreds of custom orders across the nation. Currently, their shields are worn daily by medical professionals in more than twelve states. Kevin and Katelyn continue to give back to the Westlake community by donating thousands of dollars' worth of personal protection equipment to local charities, health care providers, and organizations like the Manos de Cristo Dental Center. Kevin and Katelyn are dedicated to serving their community through their business, Custom Med Shields.
The Westlake community takes pride in our ability to support and protect one another. Now, with the creation of LockOn, that sense of security is even stronger. LockOn is an innovative trigger guard for a firearm that unlocks via Bluetooth and ensures maximal safety for you and your family. The team of five Westlake students founded this idea with one goal in mind - saving lives by preventing unwanted firearm users, such as children, criminals, or the mentally unstable, from potentially hurting themselves or someone else. While there are many firearm-protection devices, LockOn is unique through it’s removal of the keyhole, creating an easy to use, but also safe and reliable lock. The team of students worked tirelessly the past two years under less than ideal circumstances, earning them First Place of the Westlake Incubator Pitch Night. They are currently exploring patent opportunities and charitable organizations to collaborate with.
2020 Winner: Sipsy
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