Brooklyn high schooler’s app was a big winner in youth business competition

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Fort Greene

Super cool congrats to Brooklyn Technical High Schooler Akhilesh Khakhar. The 17-year-old not only scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, but he is also the winner of the second annual i.Invest National Youth Business Competition. He walks away with cash and in-kind prizes after he successfully completed a six-month web-based competition that included three rounds of scoring, group virtual coaching, one-on-one mentoring and a finale pitch event.

Our Akhilesh aced the competition with his PrepUP App and secured first place.

PrepUp is a free test preparation app brings students together on social media platforms to study for the SAT and ACT college preparatory exams. The app offers an interactive, live, head-to-head match between its users. “The i.Invest competition was an amazing learning experience,” said Khakhar. “What really makes it different is that, over the course of six months, the companies progress and iterate while being guided by mentors. i.Invest provides the mentorship and feedback young start-ups need when they are initially pivoting and choosing a track to follow.”

He added, “I love that I can be a part of a revolution to make studying for these daunting tests fun!”

The app is available on the Apple App store.

Brooklyn Technical High School [29 Fort Greene Pl. at DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene; (718) 804–6400].

Gerritsen Beach

5K Success

Cheers to Dan Foster, a longtime cancer survivor, Standing O pal and super volunteer, welcomed more than 225 adults and children to the 15 annual 5K Fun Run/Walk held on Sept. 16. This year the proceeds benefitted the Brooklyn-based Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation.

Before the event began, Harvey O’Brien, foundation president, presented the organization’s latest gift — a check for $5,000 to Timothy Barr, executive vice president of the Calvary Fund. The funds will benefit the thousands of patients and families that Calvary helps each year.

Since 2001, Calvary’s Brooklyn campus has provided its signature end-of-life care, CalvaryCare, to over 5,500 patients, and is the only center devoted exclusively to providing palliative care.

Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation [1622 E. 16 St., in Gerritsen Beach (718) 630–9622]

Boro Wide

Save the Dates

Brooklyn Heights

Come on down — to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival on Oct. 28 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Activities include a Halloween parade; arts and crafts; an obstacle course; face painting; a pumpkin patch and more. The best part is: It’s free!

Brooklyn Bridge Park [Pier 6 at Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights; (718) 222–9939]

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Park Slope

Belize Toys for Tots Program, a community action program is again collecting for needy children throughout the country of Belize. Belway Entertainment and Sports Inc. is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions, including new unwrapped toys which can be dropped off at its offices.

Belway [436 Fourth Ave. between Eighth and Ninth streets in Park Slope; (718) 768–8370].

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Bay Ridge

Put on your dancing shoes, the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn is hosting its annual social and dance on Nov. 19 from 4 to 8 pm at the St. Patrick’s Hall in Bay Ridge. The $30 per person includes coffee, tea, beer, soda, set-ups and Irish soda bread along with entertainment by Frank Keegan and Mary G.

This year the club honors vice president Mary Lennon for her many years of service.

You can purchase your tickets at the Commodore Barry Club or contact Mary Nolan, chairwoman at (718) 833-3405;

St. Patrick’s Hall [Fourth Ave. and 97th Street in Bay Ridge]

The NYC Marathon will take place on Nov. 5. Plan ahead for street closings and temporary bus route changes.

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Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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