DAN: Tell me about your company.
ALY: My company is Visu SafeAlert and we are a visual alarm system built for K-12 schools in order to keep schools safe.
DAN: How did you come up with this idea?
ALY: My teammate, Ben, came up with the original idea, but it really hit home for me. There was one time at my school where our alarm system failed. Also, coming from Tucson, safety tends to be a big issue in my home community.
DAN: How long ago did you start working on Visu SafeAlert?
ALY: About a week and a half ago.
DAN: How has it been to do all this work in such a short amount of time?
ALY: It got harder was we went along because we had less time, more work, and more ideas. Overall, I think my team handled it as best we could.
DAN: What’s the best piece advice you received?
ALY: The most important piece of advice I got is from Simon Sinek’s TED Talk: “The Power of Why”, where he spoke about the importance of why you do something not what you do.
DAN: It’s the night before pitch day, how do you feel?
ALY: Really nervous to give my pitch, but I think our team is very prepared. I feel like we’ve done all we can do.
DAN: What’s making you nervous about tomorrow?
ALY: This is the final pitch and there are no do-overs. The panelists are experts and are incredibly knowledgeable.
DAN: With all of your nerves, what did you do at camp to help you relax?
DAN: Do you plan on continuing with Visu SafeAlert after camp?
ALY: I would love to continue this! We do need to secure some funding to make it a reality, but with the right help we want to keep going.
DAN: What’s your biggest takeaway from this experience?
ALY: You don’t really need any qualifications to start a business, you just need an idea and perseverance.
DAN: What would you tell someone who is interested in Camp Inc. in the future?
ALY: They should definitely try it out. It’s more than just a fun camp experience. You learn real life skills that you can apply later in life. It has a really healthy mix of fun activities and business.
Thank you, Aly, for sharing a first-hand account of your Camp Inc. experience with all of our readers!