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Entrepreneurship featured at Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Showdown April 19

Student Entrepreneurs compete at Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition

Entrepreneurship is the game at the 8th Annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition. This  contests pits students and their business ideas head-to-head  in showdown for big prizes!

The competition takes place at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Thursday,  April 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the University Partnership Building inside the Digitorium.

“Different companies have been waiting for this event!” said Pamela Levering, Entrepreneurship Support Specialist at SPC.

How the contest works

Putting their ideas to work and brains to the ultimate test, students will gather in front of four judges. Each judge has their own experience in business and how one should be run. They’ll put students on the spot and dig into their business plans to find out what they’re all about.

Sounds familiar right? The competition is patterned after the hit TV show “Shark Tank” but  features the college’s own talented student Titans!

The event is open to the public. An RSVP is appreciated. After the competition, refreshments will be provided as well as an opportunity to meet  the contestants.

Event categories

Business Plan:

  • 1st Place $5,000
  • 2nd Place $2,500

Elevator Pitch:

  • 1st Place $1,000
  • 2nd Place $500

People’s Choice Award:

  • $250

Special Recognition Awards with also be $250 each

Event finalists

Here are the finalists who will compete for the top spot:

Business Plan Finalists:

  •    Yvette Barrett
  •    Ashley Brown
  •    Peter Sassano

Elevator Pitch Level Finalists:

  •   Clifford Hobbs
  •   Christopher Worthington
  •   Holly Young

Special Recognition Awards:

  •   Ashley Brown
  •   Jynn Camp
  •   Jeffery Thomas

People’s Choice Award:

  •    We’ll find out!
Last year’s competition

The Business Plan Competition winner in 2017 was William McMillan, who began at SPC as a student at the Tarpon Springs Campus. He is now co-founder of the company he presented last year and an online student at SPC. The company, Coastal Grown Farms, provides hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables. With his work, William hopes to solve many of the problems that farmers in today’s fast-paced society are facing.

The winner of the Elevator Pitch Competition AND the People’s Choice Award was Erica Sager. Her heartfelt business proposal moved everyone in the audience. Her business is called Color of the Case. She put her artistic capabilities to the test by decorating phone cases and selling them to support a worthy cause. She wanted more than anything to be prepared for this event and practiced every single night with her family.

Thank you

None of these competitions are possible without the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus CEO Club, business faculty, support staff and sponsors. Local businesses and companies have jumped on board every year to be a part of this event.

Sneak a peek at some of the previous year’s winners on our Facebook page!