LAUNCH To Hold 5th Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Competition In March

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016

Local nonprofit LAUNCH will hold its annual Youth Entrepreneurship Competition on Sunday, March 6, at UTC’s University Center. This competition is the finale of LAUNCH’s 2015-16 High School Entrepreneurship Program.

LAUNCH’s High School Entrepreneurship Program trains students in the necessary steps to start a small business, as skills that can be utilized at any point of their life.

Last fall, LAUNCH began working with a select group of sophomores, juniors and seniors at The Howard School, Brainerd High School, Tyner Academy, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, and The STEM School.

During the competition, 12 groups will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges. Three groups will walk away with a prize package that can be spent on startup costs or college.

“The winners will walk away with a cash prize that can be used to start the business or go towards college expenses,” said Gina Soltau, LAUNCH program director. “If they do decide to start their business, we will also include other support services from LAUNCH, just as we do with graduates of our Business Entrepreneurship Academy.”

The competition will start at 4 p.m. on March 6, and will be held at UTC’s University Center auditorium. The event is open to the public and family friendly. It is suggested you reserve your free ticket at

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