Aspiring entrepreneaurs at 7 Rivers High School in
La Crosse got a chance to pitch their business ideas
this morning to a panel of judges..
News 8's Sarah Thamer shows us how it's giving them
some real-life experience in the business world .
Many people have watched Shark Tank.
a tv show that allows people to pitch ideas to five
judges in hopes of turning their dream into a reality.
Well that's exactly what students at 7 Rivers High
School got the chance to do today.
In an effort to promote mattress recycling.
7 Rivers Recycling and a company called Up-Cycle.
collaborated and gave the students materials from
Students were then challenged to use the materials
to create a product they would sell.
The students at 7 Rivers High School in La Crosse
are on a mission to prove something important.
You know you hear about all these bad stories about
whatever is happening to society, I think from seeing
this, what I saw here, we're in good hands in a lot
They're showing local businesses you're never too
young to think creatively.
Came up with the idea because when I was little, I
never really had toys myself or like stuffed animals
so donating these to little kids would be pretty awesome
I think just seeing their smiles on their faces.
Using material strictly from recycled mattresses,
students created everything from bird feeders, to
And in a Shark Tank-like experience, they presented
to the judges.
They had to stand up, they had to explain themselves,
we had some interactions, we asked questions, we learned
some things, they learned some things
It was a day to learn entrepreneur skills while also
thinking about the environment.
Number one, this is bettering the world because we're
not sending anything to landfills that can't even
decompose, that is the main mission behind the whole
thing is to try to recycle and upcycle mattresses
but it's a bigger picture than that I mean in general
we all have to think about what we're using everyday
and how we're disposing it and where it's going after
that, not just tossing things away mindlessly.
one man's old mattress, is another man's treasure
You can have so many uses out of them you just have
to have an imagination.
7 Rivers Recycling has been recycling mattresses since
They've collected 9-thousand mattresses for re-purposing.
Make Mattress Money Contest
The top three ideas will be chosen for a hundred dollar