A Spark Tank Year in Review

Spark Tank is one of the unique programs that distinguishes Dwight from other independent schools in New York and throughout the U.S. Designed to foster entrepreneurial, innovation, and leadership skills beyond the classroom for K-12 students, Spark Tank has been fueling more and more sparks of ingenuity with each passing year.

Spark Tank is one of the unique programs that distinguishes Dwight from other independent schools in New York and throughout the U.S. Designed to foster entrepreneurial, innovation, and leadership skills beyond the classroom for K-12 students, Spark Tank has been fueling more and more sparks of ingenuity with each passing year.
 
We're delighted that a number of Timothy House students are participating during lunchtime and developing mini-Tank projects, demonstrating their early entrepreneurial spirit. Other students across campus work after school in our incubator with Spark Tank faculty mentors. Some entered Spark Tank anew this year and some returned to continue advancing their projects through the five-stage development cycle, from idea to market launch, with feedback, mentorship, and innovation grants from The Dwight School Foundation.

Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, 41 students gave 23 presentations to the Spark Tank Committee at three events. The final event in June had so many student participants, we hosted it in two different locations to facilitate simultaneous presentations!

We extend kudos to all those who presented this year, including five students who received $2,500 scholarships for reaching the launch stage (indicated with an asterisk):

  •  Jared Foster '18 | Instant Tennis
  •  Stephane Hatgis-Kessell '20 | The Hephaestus Hand
  •  Vlad Kolotnikov '23 | BackCare
  •  Maggie Lindsey '19 | What the F4 Blog
  •  Audrey O'Mary '25 | Ocean Explorers
  •  Harry Pomerantz '20 | Trade7
  •  Jonah Saltzman '23 | The Good News
  •  Kate Schlein '20 | Harry Potter Magazines
  •  Jorge Alonso '21, George Cho '18 | Dwight Hooks
  •  Holden Bril '18, Marcus Kapoor '18*, Jacob Lindahl '18*, Alexander McKillop '18* | Business Investment Club
  •  Victoria Buendia-Serrano '23, Amelia Gayle '23, Vlad Kolotnikov '23 | Redesigning Dwight's Performing Arts Center
  •  George Cho '18, Talya Lubit '18, Malachy O'Hare '20, Maya Tiwari '18 | The Green Team
  •  Marcus Kapoor '18, Ilan Pesselev '18 | Spark Labs
  •  Stella Kogan '24, Emma Regjaj '24, Isabella Venturini '23 | Art Spark
  •  Michelle Rhee '19*, Madalena Teles '19* | TimeBreak
  •  Kyra Spahn '23, Mark Zhou '20 | Spark Tutors
  •  Andie Valles-Fons '21, Pepe Valles-Fons '20 | h-haptic

We bid farewell to our Spark Tank seniors, who graduated and are bringing their spirit of innovation to college this fall. We look forward to welcoming them back to share how they have taken their entrepreneurism to exciting new levels!

We want to extend a huge thank-you to Dave Lindsey (David '18, Maggie '19, JackieRay '21), who spearheaded the Foundation's Spark Tank Committee as Founding Chair since we launched the program in 2015. His personal commitment to the concept and to nurturing our students' entrepreneurial sparks has contributed so much to their success and to making Spark Tank one of Dwight's unique calling cards. We are fortunate that Dave, who passes the baton to Committee member Nuno Teles (Madalena '19, Maria '22, Ines '25), will stay on as a judge — and we look forward to the next generation of Spark Tank under Nuno's leadership!

 


 

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