LAUNCH's High School Entrepreneurship Competition Back For The 3rd Year

Thursday, November 14, 2013

LAUNCH will hold its third annual High School Entrepreneurship Competition on Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Students from The Howard School, Tyner Academy and Brainerd High School will pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, where the stakes are high with $10,000 worth of startup services and funds up for grabs.  This is the first year that Brainerd High School has participated in the program.

“The LAUNCH High School Entrepreneurship Program is off to an exciting start.” said Program Director Gina Soltau.  “Brainerd High School has come on board with Tyner Academy and The Howard School, so the competition will be even better this year.  The students have developed many creative business ideas that will improve their schools and communities.  With the help of LAUNCH facilitators and interns, it is so inspiring to see these young entrepreneurs develop their own idea, build a business plan and compete with it. They are really incredible!”

Last year’s winners, Colby McCurty and Deosha King, were awarded the prize to bring their business “Get Box” to market.  Tyner Academy was the first to step up and provide a location for the Get Box, which is a vending machine that will hold easily forgotten school supplies.

The event will be held on campus at the UC Auditorium and is open to the public, with no admission fee. To secure tickets, visit: http://launchchattanooga.ticketleap.com/launch3rd-annual-highschool-enterpreneurship-competition/

LAUNCH is a non-profit organization that supports underserved student and adult entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and access to resources.  Learn more about on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAUNCHchattanooga, as well as on Twitter and Instagram @LAUNCHchatt.


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