Thanks to all the participants and congrats again to the Winners. This was a great event where we were able to hear from some of our county’s awesome and entrepreneurial students, and we hope to build on this momentum next year!
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For those of you who did not hear, the inaugural High School Student Pitch Competition Finals on December 11th at Level Two Inc with a group of selected students pitching their business ideas in front of a panel of live judges. We opened this up to the public and tickets were available to anyone at the price of a donation, however big or small, and we had close to 30 spectators present for the entire competition.
This competition was open to High School students who reside in or attend High School in Hendricks County. We had over 20 registrants from 4 different school systems. To get here, the teams competing in the Finals have already put together a short video pitch and slide show presentation. These videos and slide decks were reviewed and scored, and those with the top scores moved on to the Live Final at Level Two.
During the live final, the student teams each had a 5-10 minute presentation where they will discuss different aspects of their business or business idea, which could have included up to 20 slides. This information included:
-What the Business will Provide
-Market and Competitive Analysis
-They were also judged on their professionalism, business etiquette, and how organized their presentation was.
The winning team received a $1000 award for them to use as Seed Money for their startup or for college expenses.
First Pitch was Daisy Lookabill with her company Clayton Motor Sports! A motor sports compound concept that would provide dirt bike and atv races, training, and a camp ground in Clayton, Indiana.
2nd Pitch was Abbey Kelley with Refit for Hope! A nonprofit that works on receiving and donating used clothes. Already has delivered clothes to Nicaragua.
3rd Pitch was Neva Verbik with Up-Town Gardens. A roof-top garden concept that grows and harvests produce on local rooftops and then sells the produce.
4th Pitch was Rachel Spear and Fernanda Bullon-Valer with The Flower House. They are already in business and they are a floral and chocolate shop that is looking for a physical location and aims to employ stay at home moms.
Pitch #5 was Julia McJunkin with Leur, a sustainable clothing company concept that aims to reimagine sizing and make clothes that help to better fit all body types.
6th Pitch was Camden Zetty with Created by Camden, a marketing material and design company that makes higher quality promotional material for small businesses and organizations and has already had over 20 clients and has made over $10,000 in 6 months!
Our 7th and final pitch was Kylie Harris with Sweet Twist Cafe. A bricks and mortar bakery concept that provides baked goods while bringing in a foreign twist by highlighting food from a different region every week.
The judges were allowed to ask the students questions for 5 minutes after their pitch was finished. Kylie Harris brought some delicious brownies for everyone to taste and The Flower House put together a beautiful arrangement with Level Two Coworking’s name in the middle.
After the students were all done pitching, the judges gathered together to discuss the pitches, and how they scored each of the students. And while they were doing that, we took votes for the Crowd Favorite, which would win $500 courtesy of The Republican Newspaper. Each person in attendance was tasked with voting for their favorite, second favorite and third favorite pitch. Each first place vote earned the student 5 points, each second place vote earned the student 3 points and each third place vote earned the student 1 point. When we tallied all of the votes, only 2 points separated first and second place, and every pitch had at least 20 points.
After about 15 minutes of deliberation, the judges had come to a decision and Neil Metzger was ready to relay the winner of the competition. The winner of the $1000 was Camden Zetty for his Pitch about his own business, Created by Camden. The $500 Crowd Favorite award was won by Abby Kelley with her nonprofit startup Refit for Hope.
Thanks to the judges:
Bobby Williams from BGW Construction, LLC
Marcy Orr from Bankable
Neil Metzger from Business Ownership Initiative
Alicia Mckoy from Peak Mind, LLC
Jerry Vornholt from The Republican