JA Business Week 2014- An Innovative Entrepreneurial Challenge

What do you get when you challenge 170 high school students to dream up an amazing new OtterBox product?!?!?  Lots of great ideas!

Business Week Tour June2014 015This year, OtterBox and the OtterCares Foundation participated in Junior Achievement’s annual Business Week event. This week-long camp brings high school students from all over Colorado together for a crash course in innovation, entrepreneurship, and business skills. The students participate in interactive workshops and are also given a challenge to work on as a group. This year’s challenge… dream up a brand new OtterBox case for the iPhone 5s that appeals to the teenage market and then create a marketing plan to sell it.

JA Biz Week 1To kick off the week, students heard from representatives from the OtterBox “Global Engineering and Technology Development” department about the OtterBox product design and manufacturing process. This helped ensure that students’ ideas were not only creative, but also manufacturable and profitable. During the week, OtterBox employee volunteers served as “life lines” that the students could email with questions about their project. Each team got only three life lines, so they had to use them carefully! Then on Friday, students presented their ideas in a “Shark Tank” style panel and judges from OtterBox and other Colorado companies scored each team and provided feedback.

Junior Achievement Business Week helps inspire future entrepreneurs by giving students a real business-world opportunity to learn and apply skills that will help them in their future careers. OtterBox and the OtterCares Foundation are proud to support this unique, hands-on program! For more information about Junior Achievement Business Week and how you or a student you know can get involved in future years, visit http://www.jacolorado.org/junior-achievement-business-week/.

2014 Get It, Grow It, Give It Challenge

Change in an OtterBoxFrom March 26 through April 28, OtterBox and Blue Ocean employees will participate in the “Get It, Grow It, Give It Challenge.” The G3 Challenge is a biennial employee fundraising event that was created in 2010 to empower all employees to participate in the work of OtterCares and to support our mission & vision: “Championing innovative education for youth to inspire a movement of young entrepreneurs and philanthropists.” During this project, employees of OtterBox and Blue Ocean each GET a grant credit to allocate to one of the selected nonprofit projects. Once they choose which project to support, they are challenged to GROW that donation through personal fundraising efforts. Then at the end we have a celebration to GIVE the donations raised throughout the campaign.

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OtterCares invites you to join our efforts to inspire a movement of young entrepreneurs and philanthropists by making a contribution to one or more of our G3 Challenge projects. CLICK HERE to view this year’s projects and learn about how each organization supports the OtterCares mission.

RESULTS UPDATE: Through online and offline employee fundraising, the 2014 OtterCares G3 Challenge donated a total of $182,607.94 to eleven different nonprofit projects in Northern Colorado, San Diego and Boston. We look forward to sharing stories of how these donations are inspiring future entrepreneurs and philanthropists in our communities.

This is how you crash a meeting!

IMG_5364In December, a group of Otters broke in to a meeting at Laurene Edmondson Elementary and intentionally started spreading Christmas cheer by delivering unexpected, but much needed, gifts.  Executive Director Gary Rogers and Community Advocate Tricia Lemmer of OtterCares were meeting with Principal Trish Malik, superintendent Dr. Stan Scheer, and other Thompson School District employees when a band of Otters interrupted with great news for the school.

Ms. Malik was in the middle of describing the schools conversion to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus and the challenges that come with converting the entire school.  One challenge cited by Ms. Malik was not having enough iPads and how the teachers and staff were currently sharing iPads recently purchased by the school’s Parent Teacher Association.  Just as she was describing plans to raise more money to purchase additional devices for student learning, a team of Otters (employees from OtterBox and Blue Ocean) crashed the meeting carrying beautifully wrapped presents for the school.  Inside the wrapped boxes were 25 iPads protected by OtterBox Defender cases.

OtterCares Ornament 2013

The iPads were made possible by a collaborative fundraising effort known as the Not-So-Ordinary Ornament Campaign.  The campaign, initiated two years ago by OtterCares, raises funds to support innovative education by offering limited edition Christmas ornaments to OtterBox and Blue Ocean employees. The proceeds from these ornaments are utilized to provide iPads to an unsuspecting elementary school in Northern Colorado.  In 2012 the school was Centennial Elementary in Greeley and in 2013 it was Edmondson Elementary in Loveland.  We can’t wait to see what school it will be in 2014!