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Young entrepreneurs hone presentation skills in Midwest High School Pitch event

Timmerman Auditorium in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall hummed with nervous energy during the second annual Midwest High School Pitch on April 4, 2018.

This event is a unique opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs to receive feedback from judges and vie for cash prizes. The competition was developed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in high school students while advancing their business model development and professional presentation skills.

Each student or team was given six minutes to present their business idea to the panel of judges, who asked follow up questions, provided feedback, and evaluated the presentations for content and delivery.

Claire Darmstadter from Sun Prairie High School, Mike Henry from Parker High School, and Mathew Hall from the Elkhorn Area High School earned first, second, and third places, respectively. Madeline Eggert and the team of Margaret Mroch and Diamond Orin, all from the Elkhorn Area High School, also presented their plans.

The high school pitch event was followed by the collegiate Warhawk Business Plan competition, which was started in 2007 to help UW-Whitewater student entrepreneurs transform their ideas into startup businesses.

Finalists Margaret Mroch, right, and Diamond Orin of the Elkhorn Area High School present their plan for AirCharge at the second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

First-place winner Claire Darmstadter of the Sun Prairie High School, second from left, poses with UW-Whitewater CEO Faculty Adviser David Gee, far left, CEO Chief Competition Officer Casey Seidl, and CEO Chief Executive Office Hunter Driscoll. The second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition was held in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Third-place winner Mathew Hall of the Elkhorn Area High School explains his solution to the problem of high-cost instrument mouthpieces during the second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

Second-place winner Mike Henry of Parker High School, second from left, stands with UW-Whitewater CEO Faculty Adviser David Gee, far left, CEO Chief Competition Officer Casey Seidl, and CEO Chief Executive Office Hunter Driscoll. The second annual Midwest High School Pitch competition was held in the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics Hyland Hall on April 4, 2018. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

 

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