South Student Wins Funding for Invention
South Middle School student, Jack Jones loves animals and unique inventions, which inspired him to invent the Rock and Roll Hamster Ball, which lights up and plays music. His invention came through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program adopted by Arlington Heights School District 25 and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Kids meet every week with business leaders who help them develop a plan to eventually launch their own businesses.
Jack, 13-years-old plans to work on unique pet toys — with the hamster ball as his first prototype — and investors decided to fully fund his business with $900. They also decided to send him to the national Young Entrepreneurs Academy scholarship competition in Rochester, N.Y., where the program originated. Jones was one of 12 middle school students, dressed in their business finest and armed with snappy business cards, who pitched their unique ideas to a panel of investors this week, hoping to receive some funding to get their ideas off the ground.