Kasandra Diaz always wanted to be a pediatrician. But once she won Boca Chamber’s version of teen “Shark Tank,” she caught the entrepreneurial bug.
Now her winning idea for a start-up will compete against other teen businesses for a chunk of seed money and scholarships. Quickdropped, an Uber-like system for contractors, will be in the upcoming 12th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Saunders Scholars Competition.
“I live with my stepdad and mom, who are both entrepreneurs,” said Diaz, 18, a Boca Raton High grad now at Palm Beach State College. Jillian Ritter is a Realtor. Anthony Ritter owns Imperial Roofing. And Diaz couldn’t help notice a need. “for on-demand materials. They are willing to pay for what they needed.”
That was her inspiration for Quickdropped. She pitched the concept in May before an investor panel for Boca Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, called YEA!. “I won first place. It means they see potential in your business, and they want you to represent Boca in the national competition.”
Now she’s reprise her Shark Tank-style pitch for more than $80,000 in cash prizes and college scholarships to the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. This year, 36 semi-finalists will compete virtually from 20 states for first, second, third and a people’s choice awards.
So, is Diaz still headed for medicine or could this change her career goals. “We have the domain name and are talking with app developers,” she said.
Boca Chamber’s YEA! program is accepting applications now at: https://web.bocaratonchamber.com/The_Chamber/yea_young_professionals_network.aspx