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Middle And High School Students Will Pitch Their Business Ideas April 5th


Middle And High School Students Will Pitch Their Business Ideas April 5th

LAKELAND – Young entrepreneurs will get a chance to pitch their business plans to a panel of Polk business leaders in a local version of “The Shark Tank.”

On Wednesday, April 5, sixteen student entrepreneurs will take the stage, dressed as young professionals, and be ready to wow local investors.

Students in grades 6 through 12, representing 16 businesses from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Polk County (YEA! POLK), a chapter of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, will each have five minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community.

Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from companies such as Bank of Central Florida, McGee Auto Service & Tires, and SunTrust will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business.

The investors will also select one business to advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars Competition, where they will compete with students across the United States for college scholarships.

The event is free and open to the public. Interviews with young entrepreneurs or members of the judging panel can be arranged.

Location: Bush Chapel, Southeastern University, Lakeland
Date/Time Information: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:30 – 6:00 pm Meet & Greet
6:00 – 8:00 pm Investor Panel Presentation
Contact Information: Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 x 229 [email protected]


Photo: Students from the 2016 Investor Panel Presentation event