HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Vraj Thakar, a junior at Hillsborough High School, won third place in the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Teen Tycoons competition.
The entrepreneurial contest, designed for students grades 7-12, took place May 18 at SCLSNJ's Manville Library branch.
Inspired by the TV show Shark Tank, 14 Somerset County students pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges who were looking for original business concepts and/or new variations of an existing business concept.
Prizes, courtesy of Office Evolution Somerville, were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.
Winners of the competition were Brianna Broderick and Madison Hill-Glover, both juniors at the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School whose winning entry was "Breathin' Easy."
Their concept included modifications and enhancements to an oxygen concentrator machine, inspired by and in memory of Brianna's mother, who passed away several years ago. The enhancements to the device, including ambulance connection technology, a remote control, additional tubing, and more, would have made Brianna's mother more comfortable throughout her illness. Both Brianna and Madison hope to assist others suffering from breathing diseases with their ideas.
Second place winner was Niharika Iyer, a freshman at Watchung Hills Regional High School.