Shark Tank Adds Teeth to Our Entrepreneurial Programs
Students Inspired by Entrepreneurial Shark’s Love for Learning – April 22, 2019
The Business & Entrepreneurship program here at Blackstone Valley Tech appeals to students who want to one day; design, launch, and run a new business. Much like Shark Tank, a business-themed show that inspires entrepreneurial viewers to execute on business goals.
The Business & Entrepreneurship instructors strive to prepare and inspire their entrepreneurial students for careers in the sophisticated, ever-changing world of business through various teaching modules and relatable guest speakers. “The hallmark of our program is that it is 100% project-based with foundational business theories taught through real-world applications,” said instructor, Megan Marszalek. She describes the shop as “a unique learning environment in which students are exposed to all aspects of the business world, including finance, accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurship."
Recently, the Business & Entrepreneurship program welcomed into their classroom, 21-year-old entrepreneur David Zamarian, CEO & Founder of DetraPel. Founded in 2013, his company manufactures and distributes a protective coating product that is EPA compliant, eco-friendly, and non-toxic. This product is a superior hydrophobic spray that uses nanotechnology to repel almost anything off of nearly every surface. David is an example of BVT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He appeared on the reality TV show Shark Tank in January 2018 pitching DetraPel to the sharks, walked out with a $200,000 deal from Mark Cuban and Lori Grenier for 25 percent of the company.
The atmosphere was energetic as David fielded student questions one after another choosing from the many hands that were up and eager to make an inquiry to his success story. Alexa Kallio, a junior from Grafton, felt that David Zamarin's story was very inspiring and relatable. “I enjoyed the way he formatted his discussion, allowing students to speak with him and ask questions. My greatest takeaway from his visit was that you are never too young to start your own business and follow your passion.”
“While listening to David Zamarian speak about his entrepreneurial experiences, I found it remarkable that he was able to start and run a highly successful business as a freshman in high school,” said Brianna Brothers a junior from Northbridge. “He is only four years older than me, and already he has accomplished so much in the business world.”
“Zamarian is living proof of what it means to be a young, successful entrepreneur,” said Ireland Davis a junior from Bellingham. “I think it is amazing how he managed to grow his business and brand while continuing to pursue his education. I was excited to hear that he was open about having students intern for his company. What an amazing learning opportunity!”
“As a dedicated lifelong learner, it is inspiring to see the caliber of students at BVT, as well as the vast amount of opportunities for local community members to continue learning and deploying usable skills that make our workforce stronger and smarter,” explained David Zamarian. “As an employer, it is fascinating to see the experience some students have and it encourages a corporate culture that seeks the talent of BVT students in conjunction with their youthful spirit.”
Sharon Dupiche-Carlista, one of the two Business & Entrepreneurship instructors, met David and quickly made a personal connection with him while eating lunch at her alma mater, Babson. “Life is serendipitous, bringing us to places that we sometimes only dream of until we actually find ourselves there! Just a short year ago, I was finishing my MBA and making plans to transition careers to become a business educator with aspirations to connect the business community with my future students to create a dynamic learning experience. This real-world integration inspires students to take healthy risks and action to make their dreams a reality. I am grateful every day to spend my time with these amazing teenagers to help them discover more about themselves, business, and the world.”