‘Shark Tank’ for teens — register by Feb. 19

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In a first for Morris County’s Vocational School District, a business pitch-to-investors competition for high school students is being launched this spring.

Feb. 19, 2019, is the deadline for application, and April 2 is the date for a pizza dinner with speakers and pitches.

Start-up culture fits perfectly with youth culture, combining the excitement of presenting a creative idea with the courage that comes from a willingness to fail, and to learn from it.

Entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas solo, or work in teams of up to four.  The focus is on Morris County, although the competition is open to worthy teams from other places.

Unquestionably, all participating students will come away with insight into the business world. The professional coaching, connections in the real business world, public speaking skills, networking skills and camaraderie will be memorable.

On Pitch Day one team will walk away with $1000.

Companies have a chance to make an impact in the minds and hearts of young people — participants who will carry positive memories with them. To provide sponsorship at any level — toward pizza and prize money — contact Rob Wanthouse of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation, (973) 210-6076.

Then join the fun, at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 2, at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison. Register via the Morris Tech Meetup.

Following the winner announcement at 9  pm, networking will continue at Vanderbilt’s Sports Bar in the Hamilton Park Hotel,  175 Park Ave., Florham Park.

MorristownGreen.com contributor Beth Kujan (d.b.a. Tech Stevedore LLC) is responsible for committees and programs at the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), part of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.


            
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