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June 14, 2019



NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA-  [June 14, 2019] – Five student teams from across the country traveled to SAP Headquarters for the AdCap Challenge Finalist Experience – the culminating event of the AdCap Challenge, a national competition by GENYOUth, (a youth wellness non-profit) to cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in young people looking to help solve pervasive global issues.  Over the course of three days, students completed mini-challenges, heard from business and health professionals and were mentored and coached by partners including, SAP, Corteva Agriscience, Domino’s, Land O’Lakes, and National Dairy Council.  Hundreds of student teams created solutions to questions posed by Challenge Partners, but only five teams made it to the Finalist Experience where they interacted with and learned directly from top executives. 

GENYOUth CEO, Alexis Glick, judged the Shark Tank-style pitches on the final day of competition saying, “It’s thrilling to see the present and future of social entrepreneurship reflected in these incredible young thinkers and doers. Their solutions have tremendous potential to create change in communities and the world. The AdCap Challenge would not be possible without our amazing Challenge partners who are looking to young people to help innovate and define the future and spent so much time listening and learning from these student teams.” 

DJ Paoni, President, SAP North America, spoke and presided over the winner announcement. “Today, we saw from these students ingenuity, ambition, and passion for addressing real issues being felt in their communities. The AdCap Challenge offers the tools and resources to help unleash students’ natural entrepreneurial spirit, and I’m proud that SAP is part of this movement to empower thousands of students to be a force for positive change.” 

The five finalist teams were selected out of 100 semi-finalists to compete in the Finalist Experience. They pitched in front of esteemed judges, Glick, Kim Fraites-Dow, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Donna Fisby-Greenwood, CEO, The Fund For The School District of Philadelphia. 

The final five top team winners: 

  • Grand Prize Winner: The Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, Florida
  • Project: HurriHome
  • Team Members: Aadi, Andrew, Jonathan
  • The team took on SAP Technology with Purpose question by designing an app to shelter families in need during hurricanes.
  • PRIZE: $5000 scholarship per student, $5000 grant for their school and $500 gift card for program advisor
  • First Runner Up: Kewaskum High School, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
  • Project: Fuel Up at Home
  • Team Members: Andrea, Andrew, Kennedy, Sam
  • The Fuel Up to Play 60 students took came presented a Land O'Lakes, Inc. Hungry For Change solution to get nutritious food into the hands of students in need in their community.
  • PRIZE: $3000 grant for their school, $100 gift card for each student and program advisor
  • Finalist: Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Colorado
  • Project: Sunscreen
  • Team Members: Allison, Mahala, Nolan & Sam
  • The finalists took on the SAP Technology with Purpose question with a project targeting tech addiction in teens to increase face-to-face interactions with their community.
  • PRIZE: $1000 grant for their school
  • Finalist: Ross High School, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Project: JEE Foods
  • Team Members: Alayna, Michael, Levi, Rylee, Sophia
  • The students solved the Corteva Agriscience Hungry For Change question by reusing and repacking grocery food for donations and putting an end to food waste.
  • PRIZE: $1000 grant for their school
  • Finalist: Island Trees Memorial Middle School, Levittown, New York
  • Project: Pizza Paws
  • Team Members: Danielle, James, Melissa, Rebecca, Zach
  • The team took on Domino's Pizza Hungry for Change recycling challenge by re-using pizza boxes to build cat shelters.
  • PRIZE: $1000 grant for their school



About GENYOUth & AdVenture Capital

GENYOUth is a national 501c3 non-profit that empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers by convening a network of private and public partners to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that bolster healthy, high-achieving students, schools and communities nationwide. GENYOUth believes that all students are change-agents, who deserve the opportunity to identify and lead innovative solutions that positively impact nutrition, physical activity, and student success. Their signature program is Fuel Up to Play 60 which has been implemented in over 78,000 schools, in addition to AdVenture Capital (AdCap) and GENYOUth INSIGHTS. For more information about GENYOUth, visit:


AdVenture Capital is a social entrepreneurship program created by GENYOUth to empower students and fund their ideas to improve nutrition and physical activity in their schools and communities. Students aged 13-17 collaborate with their peers to create a proposal and compete with other participants for grants and prizes. AdCap has supported and funded over 1000 student led projects over the last 5 years. The AdCap Challenge is it’s newest iteration that opens the competition nation-wide.

CONTACT:        Gretel Truong

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