Students push for innovation

By Anna Norris

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local high school students showed off their entrepreneurial ideas in a trade show-style presentation.

The fourth annual Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge was held Wednesday at Binghamton University and more than 150 students participated.

The goal of the GBSC is to help students, grades nine through 12, learn how to develop a business.

"It becomes not a part of your product necessarily, but about the experience and getting your knowledge about a certain thing out there and how you can help change the world," said Rosemary Bloodnick, a sophomore.

Students formed teams and worked with local mentors to create and write an all-inclusive business plan.

The ideas presented at this year's challenge included a GPS-enabled golf ball, a smartphone application that puts together matching outfits, a drive-through grocery store and a robotic kiosk that prints gift cards.

Modern Marketing Concepts created the GBSC four years ago to get young people involved in entrepreneurship.

"We're really giving the kids a foundation and a platform for them to take their gifts and eventually become our future leaders," said Dan Babcock, CEO and Founder of Modern Marketing Concepts.

The winners will receive scholarship money to start their business or attend college.