By FERENC SOMOGYI ‘21
Last March, with the school year under full swing, several groups of ambitious Ignatius students took time out of their busy schedules to compete in our own Saint Ignatius Entrepreneur Academy (SIEntA) Shark Tank competition. The winners received money and connections to take forward their innovative business idea. Those winners are doing better than ever today – Tim Zvoncheck and Eddie Keck are the proud owners of “Saved Health,” a company that takes the pulp of fruits used for making juices that is usually thrown away and converts it into a “superfood powder” filled with nutrients to enrich any culinary delight.
“We’ve learned the difficulties of marketing an online product to customers as well as the importance of making in person relationships with the customers.”
The SIEntA Shark Tank last year provided Tim and Eddie with valuable entrepreneurship advice, which the team took and acted upon to get their business where it is today. In Tim’s own words, “Since the Shark Tank, we’ve done plenty of farmers markets, fully updated our website, and introduced online ordering. We’ve also put a lot of effort into our Instagram page @savedhealth. We’re currently pursuing a patent on our process of turning fruit and vegetable waste into a nutritional powder. We’ve learned the difficulties of marketing an online product to customers as well as the importance of making in person relationships with the customers. We’ve updated our packaging and other branding materials to reflect the healthy, sustainable nature of our product.”
But Tim isn’t done yet, adding “In addition to Saved Health, I also started a clothing business with my friend Sam Gootee, a senior at St. Eds. We sell shirts, hoodies, and sweaters that relate to a current trend in Cleveland sports. It is called 2Current, and we just launched the website. The link is www.2current.com, and the Instagram is @2current. My adventures in business have definitely helped me determine what I want to do in the future, as I now plan on studying entrepreneurship in college.”