CVU’s future entrepreneurs polish pitch

From L-R: Greg Hahr, Thomas Dunkling, Drew Nick, Andrea Dotola, and Kelly LaPlume.

What do a jewelry store, a sandwich shop, and a solar-paneled winter jacket have in common?  The creators of these business ideas were all winners of Champlain Valley Union High School’s elevator pitch competition.  This semester’s CVU entrepreneurship students participated in the competition as their final exam. Students had two minutes to convey the heart of their business to the judges.  In these two minutes, students concisely outlined their business proposal, marketing strategy, and competitive advantage.  Students learned that prospective business owners are strongly encouraged to polish this pitch, since it can mean the difference between raising the desired capital and having to leave their business ideas behind.

Greg Hahr, mortgage manager at New England Federal Credit Union, remarked, “I was really impressed with the students, their ideas, research that they did preparing, and the courage they exhibited during the presentations.” Students spend the semester developing a business plan, and this culminating event is wonderful way to wrap up the course.

This semester’s winners are 1st place, Andrea Dotolo from Hinesburg—creator of Sweet Silver Studio; 2nd place, Drew Nick from Shelburne—creator of Brasky’s Joint; and 3rd place Thomas Dunkling from Shelburne—creator of Mountain Man Solar Gear.  The judges were Kelly LaPlume and Greg Hahr from New England Federal Credit Union. The course is taught by Tamie-Jo Dickinson.

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