Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart


Young Entrepreneurs Academy - Investor's Panel Competition


Seven Sacred Heart students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy competed in the Investor’s Panel on March 23 against students from Depew High School.  All five of the SHA businesses received funding; two received full funding, and three received partial funding as follows:

  • Abby Gerstenzang ’19, and her business, Stylush, was chosen as the winner from SHA which means she will go on to compete at the next level in May for additional funding as well as a college scholarship.  Her invention is a clear case for an iPad which can then be inserted  with her personalized school or company logos and/or creative custom designs.


  • The team of Ella Canavan ’20 and Alex Stathopolous ’20 also received full funding.  They created Printer James, which are  downloadable, printable lists for teens such as “to-do”, college-packing, college applications, and much much more.
  • Rebecca Worling ’19 and Skylar Swart’s ‘19 company, YumLion, is the creation of an app that tracks food in your refrigerator, prompts alerts when an item is running low, needs to be replaced, or is in danger of expiring, and provides recipes for the food in your pantry.


  • Britney Upshaw ’19, and her company, Brit’s Biscuits and Bakery Buys, create homemade biscuits and other desserts. 
  • Anna Swiatkowski  ’19 created ReSurge, unique streetwear at an affordable price.

These students, under the leadership of faculty member and entrepreneur Ruth Donner, meet once a week after school, and learn all aspects of starting a business including developing a business plan, marketing plans, funding, and growth.

Next year, this club will be offered as a course at SHA for students in Grades 10-12. 


Congratulations to each of these entrepreneurial students!