2024 Project Venture Competition

Four Project Venture Teams Selected to Compete in Jacksonville

The Able Trust today announced four high school teams selected from 24 submissions will advance to the live finals of the 2024 Project Venture competition taking place in Jacksonville.

Watch the video below to hear the announcement and a special than you to Nathan Polete from Pitney Bowes for his assistance!

Congratulations to these teams and good luck in Jacksoville! 

Broward County North, for their business “Paw Pros.”
Paw Pros works to produce and deliver customized, 3-D printed prosthetics for pets and service animals who have lost the use of a limb. The Able Trust’s High School High Tech partner for Broward County is the Center for Independent Living of Broward.

Duval County West, for their business “Mobile Mechanix.”
Mobile Mechanix brings basic auto repairs to a consumer’s home, business or any other location to provide timely service. The Able Trust’s High School High Tech partner for Duval County is The Arc of Jacksonville.

Gulf County, for their business “Teen Mobile.”
Teen Mobile aims to meet the needs of elderly technology users by connecting the right teen technician to arrive and assist each individual user. The Able Trust’s High School High Tech partner for Gulf County is CareerSource Florida Gulf Coast.

Leon County, for their business “Support HS.”
Support HS provides a mobile after-school club for students to share their thoughts, feelings and struggles with a compassionate group of their peers. The Able Trust’s High School High Tech partner for Leon County is Ability1st.

Each team submits a promotional video and you can click the button below to view the videos of these top teams.

2024 Project Venture Teams

A record number of High School High Tech teams submitted business development plans for the 2024 competition. We are excited to have mobile business ideas submitted by the following High School High Tech teams and partners. Congratulations to each team on their hard work and innovative ideas!

  • Alachua County HSHT – Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
  • Bay County HSHT – Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School
  • Brevard County HSHT – Brevard Schools Foundation
  • Broward County North HSHT – Center for Independent Living of Broward
  • Columbia County HSHT – CareerSource Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.
  • DeSoto County HSHT – School District of DeSoto County
  • Duval County East HSHT – The Arc of Jacksonville
  • Duval County West HSHT – The Arc of Jacksonville
  • Escambia County HSHT – Goodwill Gulf Coast
  • Flagler County HSHT – Flagler County Education Foundation
  • Gulf County HSHT – CareerSource Gulf Coast
  • Hillsborough County HSHT – ServiceSource dba Abilities Inc.
  • Lake County HSHT – Education Foundation of Lake County, Inc.
  • Leon County HSHT – Ability 1st
  • Madison County HSHT – Madison County School District
  • Miami-Dade County HSHT North – Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Nassau County HSHT – Nassau County School District
  • Orange County West HSHT – Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
  • Pinellas County LiFT HSHT – Learning Independence for Tomorrow (LiFT)
  • Polk County HSHT – Polk County Public Schools
  • Polk County Transition HSHT – Polk County Public Schools
  • Sarasota County HSHT – The Haven
  • St. Johns County HSHT – The Arc of Jacksonville
  • Union County HSHT – CareerSource Florida Crown Workforce Board, Inc.

Project Venture

Project Venture is a competition for high school students with disabilities who participate in The Able Trust High School High Tech program. Project Venture teams prepare and present a comprehensive business plan to promote and sell a new product or service.

Students who participate in this competition gain important skills they will need as they transition out of high school into post-secondary education or training, or go directly into the workforce:

  • Introduce students to entrepreneurism and the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Facilitate students working in teams on real-world applications.
  • Allow students to develop workplace communication skills and other soft skills.
  • Enable students to learn by doing.

During the competition, a panel of judges review the business plan and commercials submitted by all Project Venture teams. Three teams are selected by this panel to compete in person in a second round of judging that takes place in front of an audience.

As a freshman, I was in the program thinking this is just a program to join. I wasn't really thinking about college and the future. But, it helps me know what I want to do after high school. Since we've visited college and campus tours, it gives me an idea of what I want to do outside of high school. It's really helped me mentally know what I want to do in life. That's what I take from HSHT.

Thank You Round 1 Judges!

We appreciate the time and effort our volunteer judges take in reviewing the submissions of this year’s Project Venture teams.  Below is the list of these exceptional leaders!

  • Tracy Burger, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
  • Dennis Hartin, Hartin Dynamics
  • Bill Hoffman, Bill Hoffman & Associates, LLC
  • Mike Kiser, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Kristen Knapp, Florida Health Care Association
  • Anna Lebesch, JAXUSA Partnership
  • Rachel Ludwig, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Deborah Martin, Florida College Access Network (FCAN)
  • Tina Pepin, Pepin Family Foundation
  • Stephanie Royal, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
  • Liz Winslow, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

Thank You to our 2024 Project Venture Sponsors!

As Seen on TV Sponsor

Pitney Bowes

First 100 Customers Sponsors

Project Venture Sponsor Florida Blue Logo
Project Venture Sponsor Morgan Stanley Logo
Project Venture Sponsor SBDC Logo

Black Friday Sponsors

Project Venture Sponsor Able United