Davis Academy eighth-grader Maggie Deutsch recently won Microsoft’s Make Hustle Happen competition. For the contest, Maggie, along with competitors from other schools and eleven of her Davis classmates, participated in an entrepreneurial workshop and competition, providing students the opportunity to not only hone their innovative ideas but also to build a business model to pitch NFL players, fellow entrepreneurs, and Microsoft professionals. Maggie’s entrepreneurial project included a business model focused on increasing the affordability and accessibility of prosthetic limbs. In her pitch, Maggie acknowledged that prosthetic limbs can be costly; however, by 3D-printing prosthetic limbs, Maggie will provide high-quality prosthetics at an affordable price. To further build out her idea, Maggie has been in contact with a prosthetist as well as an executive at a 3D-printing company, who she was connected to through the competition. As outlined in her pitch, next steps for Maggie involve creating a website designed for amputees to specify details about and order the prosthetic limbs they need. The inspiration behind Maggie’s business idea stemmed from her volunteer experience at Catalyst Sports, an organization geared toward helping people with physical disabilities pursue adventure sports.
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