Blaine Derbigny, a senior at St. Augustine High School, is a finalist in Drew Brees’ Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge. Blaine’s idea is one of only 15 ideas that made it to this latest round of competition. He explains his plan in his video and offers a touching tribute as his inspiration.
The next step in the competition requires Blaine to market his business plans to friends and family through an online voting process HERE. The more viral the votes get, the better the potential he has to move on to the finals!
Your votes will help Blaine move forward in the competition. You will have to register on the site to vote, but you can vote every day through February 26. So vote early and often!
An honor student, Blaine is also a member of the film crew, baseball team, Future Business Leaders of America, speech/debate team and the student council. Take a look below at Blaine’s video pitch, the Braille Exploration System, a portable braille labeling device to assist visually impaired to avoid eating spoiled food or taking the wrong medication.
The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge
The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge inspires students to dream of starting their own business and gives them the tools to take it into the future. Junior Achievement has partnered with the Brees Dream Foundation to expand the competition and educate more students in the Greater New Orleans community. Last year, 1900 students participated in the program!
The final four teams will be announced during a New Orleans Pelican’s Game at the beginning of March. Family and friends will be given information regarding special ticket prices to witness the announcement, which takes place center court! The final four will be coached by presentation professionals in preparation for the big pitch on Friday, March 18th during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week with The Idea Village.
The Challenge winning team or student will win the grand prize of $10,000 for continuing education. The winner’s school will receive $5,000 for supporting its student’s entrepreneurial spirit. The three runner-up teams will each receive $2,500 in education support and their schools will each receive $2,500.
Students from around the greater New Orleans area completed the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum, a hands-on, experiential learning program taught by business volunteers and teachers. The outcome of the JA Be Entrepreneurial program is a practical business plan. One hundred twenty-eight (128) students/teams submitted their business ideas to be evaluated, resulting in twenty student teams from eleven schools who will compete for over $30,000 in awards.