By Noah Alatza
Fishers High School senior Drew Jarvis won first place May 16 at the second Next Launch regional business pitch competition at the Indiana IoT Lab.
The winning business idea was created by Jarvis.
Jarvis’ Lily Pod project offers a sustainable feminine hygiene solution. It provides women the benefits of both a menstrual cup and tampon in a healthy and environmentally friendly “period product.”
“It is essentially a feminine hygiene product,” Jarvis said. “By making these women more comfortable about their period, the Lily Pod, I would like to think, is revolutionizing feminine hygiene”
Jarvis said she originally heard about the competition from her business teacher.
“The school really helped me get started and just understanding what competition is from Day 1,” Jarvis said. “I also worked with the assistant principal, who helped throughout whole process.”
Jarvis also met with Launch Indiana founder John Wechsler to ensure she had all the right components.
Jarvis won $25,000. She plans to invest all the funds into a startup company to create Lily Pods.
“With all the encouragement I have gotten, from people wanting to work with me, etc., I feel like it’s kind of my duty to women to create this project,” she said.
Jarvis competed against 18 other teams from across the state. She will graduate this month and attend the Indiana University Kelley School of business on a academic scholarship in the fall.