Help these Greiner students win $2,500 for them and their school


A project from three eighth-grade students at W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy that proposes an innovative way to help end credit card fraud is in the running to win a nationwide contest and $2,500 for them and their school.

Micaiah Davis’, Rodolfo Manriquez’, Lion Roberson’s business idea—the Iris of the Eye Scan—is one of the top three finalists in the World Series of Innovation contest sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Mastercard. Their business idea is for a product that scans a person’s iris when they make a purchase in person or online.

The students are asking everyone to go here to vote for their business idea before the midnight deadline on Monday, Feb. 1. If they have the most votes by the deadline, the students will win $2,000 for themselves and $500 for their school.

“We really hope we win because we’ve put a lot of work into this,” Davis said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

The World Series of Innovation contest asked teams to design a product that allows small business owners to accept payments in a “safe and secure” way. The Greiner students’ business proposal details the need and benefits of their product, a demographic market study, and potential challenges.

Greiner Middle School teacher Steve Thomas said his students’ work ethic has impressed him.

“It’s great as a teacher to see students working together,” Thomas said. “These students have done great work.”

Go here to see details on the students’ business idea that has beat out hundreds of other proposals to get in the top three. And remember, vote for their project by Monday night!

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