This past Saturday, March 29, at the JCCA Biennial in San Diego, CA, our very own Dan Baer of Camp Inc. was invited to be a “shark” (sit on a judging panel) for a Shark Tank-style pitch by Merrins Teen Fellows! Dan was a Merrin Teen Fellow in the last grouping (called Cohort 7) and was a panel judge for the latest Cohort 8
The Merrin Teen Professional Fellows Program consists of intensive mentoring and professional development, plus an educational seminar in Israel and another at the Biennial alumni seminar, among other learning opportunities, all over the period of two years. “The Merrin Teen Professional Fellows Program, funded by the Merrin family, is offered by the Merrin Center for Teen Engagement. The Israel component is partially funded by a grant from the Blendes Fund for Professional Development in Israel,” states the JCCA’s website.
The Cohort 8 fellows each have been working on a project, and as their final presentation skills exercise they are asked to pitch their project Shark Tank-style (like the entrepreneurial reality show) to the panel of judges.
Campers at Camp Inc. have a similar experience where they join together to launch a product or service; then pitch their company to a panel of entrepreneurs in the same Shark Tank-style. Throughout the overnight summer camp programs, Camp Inc. aims to partner with successful entrepreneurs and local startups to bring real-life experience and skills to the campers. Camp Inc. is a Boulder-based Jewish overnight summer camp for 7th-12th graders and is focused on youth entrepreneurship and business.