8th Grade Virtual Market Place

Every year, every grade at Aspen Academy creates a business together as a class. Through their years at Aspen Academy students gain skills in entreprenuership and leadership as they work together to create, plan, and sell a product.

Once students are in 8th grade, each individual student creates their own business where they come up with an idea, create a product, a business plan, and then a go-to market strategy. 

Below you will find business names, video pitches and websites that our 8th graders have created over the years. 

2024 Spotlight Businesses


Lillie Shepard: Lilah Books

My business "Lilah" was created after I published my two books. These books are about life lessons that I have learned throughout my life and they are the lessons that I want kids of this generation to learn.

View Lilah's Books' Website

Samantha Parkin: Carino Collages

Carino Collages or Cute Collages seeing that Carino is Italian for cute is a business that uses photos of different regions, people, and aesthetics as collages. 

These collages can be based on color, aesthetic, season, or they can be completely customized to your liking.  

View Carino Collages' Website

Rilyn Davis: International Desserts

Rilyn's International Desserts, are sweet treats from all over the world like Germany, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Greece, and many more. When you buy from Rilyn's International Desserts you can get a box your just a bag full of these treats!

Purchase our products at the Expo or before AMP'd.

Lauren Bough: Akalayle

Akalayle is a unique t-shirt company with many interesting designs marketed towards Millennials and Generation X. Akalayle has so many designs because of all the silk screens we have crafted by hand. The t-shirts are only $20 and are very good quality. They can be directly bought from our website Akalayle.com, as well as in person at Aspen Academy on Amp’d Fridays! These t-shirts are an amazing addition to your casual weekend style!

View Akalayle Website

Davianna Carney: Neptune's Chocolate

Neptune's Chocolates is an organic chocolate company. We sell a variety of delicious items such as chocolate-covered fruit, chocolate-covered marshmallows and truffles. We donate 5% of our profits to the Colorado Children Cancer Association. Our prices are better than any other chocolate companies in the area and we care more. Neptune's Chocolates delivers for free!

View Neptune's Chocolates Website

Kate Chain: Pops of Positivity

We sell Lollipops and Candy Bags with a positive message attached. We currently have 3 products to offer, one large rainbow lollipop ($5), a pack of two lollipops (a twister pop and a colorful pop) ($3), and an assorted candy bag ($5). Our goal is to spread positivity to anyone who buys our candy.

View Pops of Positivity Website

Riley Fenton: Puppy Posh

Puppy Posh is a business that sells handmade dogs tags out of resin that are individualized for each family and pup. It has the dog's name on the front and the family can choose what they want in their tag. Puppy Posh makes them affordable and weatherproof as the name is part of the tag. 10% of Puppy Posh’s profit goes to the National Humane Society. This business is for every dog and pup alike.

View Puppy Posh Website

2021 8th Grade Businesses

Charlie Fisher: Duo Wipe

The main product that is sold by Duo Wipe is the dual wipe for skiing and snowboarding. This product will provide a simple, easy and convenient way to allow skiers/snowboarders to wipe their nose when kleenex isn’t available, as well as keep their goggles clean and defogged....all in one non-cross-contaminating product!

Emma Schaff: Signal

Signal allows people to make an extra $60-$120 each month. It works by plugging a hotspot in near a window, and then putting it on your wifi. Once the hotspot is plugged in it collects data from small data devices such as street lights, but not devices like cell phones. Once the data is collected it is sold to companies such as AT&T, that use data.

View Signal Website

Jack Mohler: Candy CO

Candy CO’s main products are candy bags and custom candy bags. The company’s website will function as its primary marketing and ordering tool. Candy CO plans to satisfy kids and their families that want high-quality candy for any special event. In addition to the quality of the candy, Candy CO will stand apart from other candy stores through exceptional customer service. The tailored candy bags will be the obvious first choice for any candy fanatic that knows what they want and will settle for nothing but the best.

Jack is currently building his website and is accepting cash, Venmo, and Pay-pal for purchases. Stay tuned for more!


Sydney Coughlin: 5280 Photos

5280 Photos focuses on providing our customers with a unique view of nature. We create magnets to showcase the quiet strength and beauty of the Colorado landscape. Through our magnets, we offer our customers a chance to see the large and small wonders Colorado has to offer. We have 6 different magnet options (as of now) for our customers to choose from.

View 5280 Photos Website

Delaney McCallum: GNOMES

GNOMES are handcrafted light-hearted whimsical creatures inspired by puns. From celebrities to sports players to pop culture references, GNOMES are adorable, clever, and sure to make you smile! Everyone has a favorite celebrity, so GNOMES are for everyone, the target market is unlimited. You have GNOME idea how much you are going to love them!


Morgan Connor: Cause Socks

Cause Socks is a non-profit business that helps to raise awareness for serious causes. We sell colorful tie-dyed socks to spread awareness through fashion and color. Each pair of our socks are hand dyed and packaged with care for our customers. 100% of all our profits are donated to the American Heart Association to help those with serious heart conditions.

Hogan Phelps: ForeBox

Golfers are walking around aimlessly trying to find new gear and accessories they want. The solution is ForeBox. ForeBox is a monthly subscription to a golf box. ForeBox’s customers will be sent a golf box each month. The box will come with 5-10 golf-related items inside. Each month the box will be different. The contents may include Golf balls, Training Aids, Tees, Golf Shirts, and Gloves.


View ForeBox Website

2024 Complete List of 8th Grade Businesses



2022 Complete List of 8th Grade Businesses

Lauren Bough- Akalayle

Pierce Bozeman- Lit Candles

Avery Brown- Timber Studios

Matteo Canepari- Happy Honey

Davianna Carney- Neptune’s Chocolates

Kate Chain- Pops of Positivity

Jake Cohen- Rings to Rings

Gately David-Wicks N’ Waxed

Rilyn Davis-Rilyn’s International Desserts

Lily Derksen- Crochet Creations

Sofie Fein- Words of Art

Riley Fenton- Puppyposh

Annie Fox- Write in Style

Sydney Goodspeed- 931 Go

Jess Green- Jar Desserts

Brody Guetz- CandyLand Bags

Levi Horwitz- Caramels and Co.

Milan Jardine- What’s Popping

Brady Kruep- Swaggy Shoelaces

Jack Lantz- UnBEARable

Sennon Lawrence- A Plus Protein Ice-cream

Avery Lehnerz- Rockin’ Guac

James Long- Power Shot

Max Lundstrom- Soccer Mystery Box

Hailey Lutz- All Wrapped Up

Milla Magnusdottir- Boosted

Will McCallum- Floss No Dentist

Holly McManus- Mood Jewelz

Mary Jane Murphy- Homemade Hugs

Aiden Musslewhite- Riegel Gummies

Sam Parkin- Carino Collages

Chloe Powell- Chloe’s Caps

Elliott Robbins- Puzames

Caden Sheppard- The Rainboard

Lillie Sheppard- Lilah

Laney Sims- Sudsfied

Bella Smith- Depend

Mark Stanley- Blue Card Designs

Avery Tacha- Gifts and Goodies'

Alex Teets- Jecket 

Will Tucker- Will’s Campfire Kits

Declan Victor- Working Title

Kate Weidknecht- 2013 Beads

Brayden Wheeler- Brayden’s Paracord

Alex Wolf- Body Care by Alex

Connor Woller- Sweet Surprise


2021 Shark Tank Winner: Ian Liu

2021 Shark Tank 2nd Place: Emma Schaff

2021 Shark Tank 3rd Place: Sofie Cooper

2021 Shark Tank Finalist: Marlowe Connors

2021 Shark Tank Finalist: Jack Watters

2021 Shark Tank Finalist: Hogan Phelps