Most high school students are worried about parties, football games, Facebook, and where they are going to go to college. While there is nothing wrong with those piorities there is an emerging select few that are looking beyond these issues and seeing the bigger picture. 17 high school and college students have registered for the BOOST! Muskegon Elevator Pitch Competition where they will be pitching their small business and startup ideas.
The BOOST! Muskegon Elevator Pitch Competition is part of e-Fest!, a celebration of entrepreneurial activities in the Lakeshore region. There are two separate divisions of the competition: a high school and college division and an open division. The high school and college division are competing for a $1000 first place prize while the open division is competing for an opportunity to pitch to the Blue Water Angels, an investment group out of Traverse City, Michigan.
The high school and college competition has young entrepreneurs from Big Rapids to Grand Haven, Michigan. These students will be forced to define their product or service, their business’ unique features or benefits, and the marketing and competition issues they are facing to the judges.
This type of competition, these types of issues, and the development of the entrepreneurial spirit is not the norm at such a young age. These students are unique and may be a sign of the future. Many people believe that there is a sift coming in the economy and would like to believe these student entrepreneurs are on the forefront of this shift. Whether you believe in this shift or not, these budding entrepreneurs pitching their small business and startup ideas is a great sign for West Michigan. It’s one thing to have students that hope to get into business. These are students that are not only getting involved in business they are attempting to create business. And that is very admirable.
Source: “Entrepreneurs 'pitch' business ideas for cash and exposure Wednesday at MCC” by Dave Alexander