Teen Entrepreneur Wins School Pitch Competition with Medication Label Solution

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) is a “first of its kind” national program founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester. Their mission is to “transform local students into real, confident entrepreneurs.” With twenty chapter locations in the United States, YEA’s year-long program teaches middle and highschool students how to generate business ideas, conduct market research, draft business plans, and launch their own companies.

Amelia Sindelar is a sophomore at University View Academy (UVA) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. UVA is an online public charter school that provides flexible education opportunities for unique students. As a virtual student, Amelia is able to have the flexibility to take part in additional programs and activities. This year she was a part of the Baton Rouge chapter of YEA and in March, Amelia pitched her business idea to a panel of judges where she secured a $5,000 grant to kickstart her venture, ClearRX. ClearRX is a medication management solution that aims to enhance accessibility for the elderly and visually impaired. By offering a scannable medication label, users receive detailed information about their medication such as dosage instructions, videos, reminders, and more.

Amelia founded ClearRX as a response to a problem she observed while visiting her grandparents. “I saw how much they struggled with taking their medication,” said Amelia as she and her family brainstormed solutions. This observation mixed with her passion for the medical field, mental health, and a desire to help others, led to the creation of ClearRX.

During the YEA program, students take an entrepreneurship class where they learn how to turn their idea into a reality. This class allows Louisiana students to earn 3-hours of college credit at Louisiana State University (LSU). Dana Schlotterer, Executive Director of YEA Baton Rouge, explains how students also learn skills such as public speaking, marketing analysis, insurance liability, financial statements, and pitch presentations. Each YEA student is also paired with two mentors who teach them one-on-one and help them develop their business plan. “In addition to the monetary and educational value, the life value that our program has is what I am the most impressed with,” states Schlotterer. Reflecting on her experience with YEA, Amelia says, “I can’t explain how incredible this program is and how grateful I am.”

Along with winning seed funding, Amelia earned the chance to represent Baton Rouge at the 2024 Saunders Scholars Competition and 20th Anniversary Grand Gala in Rochester, New York, May 1-4. The event will be broadcast nationwide on the YEA Youtube channel.

To watch Ameila’s award-winning pitch, click here.

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