Pitch It! competition rewards four teams of aspiring student entrepreneurs

Students from Trent University, Fleming College, and local high schools participated in annual FastStart Peterborough event

The winning teams and judges of the fourth annual Pitch It! student entrepreneurial competition held at Fleming College on November 15, 2018. Four student teams from Trent University, Fleming College, and a local high school each took home $500 for their winning business idea. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)
The winning teams and judges of the fourth annual Pitch It! student entrepreneurial competition held at Fleming College on November 15, 2018. Four student teams from Trent University, Fleming College, and a local high school each took home $500 for their winning business idea. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)

Four student teams each took home $500 at the fourth annual Pitch It! entrepreneurial competition held last night (November 15) at Fleming College’s Sutherland campus in Peterborough.

Hosted by FastStart Peterborough, 12 student groups from Trent University, Fleming College, and local high schools competed in a Dragons’ Den style competition where they pitched to a panel of judges their business ideas in one of four categories: clean technology and agriculture, trades and retail, information technology and digital, and (new this year) secondary school.

The four winning teams were Joao Borges and Emily Scott (clean technology and agriculture), Nolan Maguire (trades and retail), Caelan Booth (information technology and digital), and Jordan Moody (secondary school).

For the first time this year, local high school students had a chance to pitch their business idea to the panel of judges. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)
For the first time this year, local high school students had a chance to pitch their business idea to the panel of judges. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)

The business ideas were evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of Ryan Plumpton (Loans Manager, Community Futures Peterborough), Catherine Darling (Manager, Cash Management at Kawartha Credit Union), Simon Treviranus (Company Programs Coordinator, Junior Achievement), Tania Clerac (Chair, School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College), and Trish O’Conner (Director, Office of Sustainability at Fleming College).

The competition was also held in duration of entrepreneurship-based events during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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