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Watch as local high school students pitch their ideas, answer questions about their product or service, and compete for the title of “High School Entrepreneurial Team of the Year,” at the second annual Sink or Swim competition! By attending this virtual event, you are supporting local students, learning about student innovations, and making connections to local business leaders.

Event Details:
Date: Friday, April 23
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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For further assistance with registering for this event please email Chris D. Bottomley, Program Chair/College Lecturer Business Studies, or Sean Bips, HRTM Chair (Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management)/College Lecturer.

About the Event

The Sink or Swim competition provides high school students with the opportunity to showcase their business acumen while vying for a chance to win awards and recognition, including the title of “High School Entrepreneurial Team of the Year.” All ten teams will be awarded prizes, with monetary awards given for first, second, and third place. A special scholarship will be given to the student who presents the best pitch for their group’s project.

How It Works:

Students will develop an entrepreneurial product or service. The more original the idea, the better! Each team will complete and submit a business plan. From among the entries, our first set of judges, both faculty and Ocean/Kean student members of the Entrepreneurial Club, will select the top ten business plans for the actual competition. Those ten teams will be notified that they have been chosen to present their product or service at our virtual event on April 23. Each team will select one student from their group to present a one-minute elevator pitch to our second set of judges, which includes prominent members of the Ocean County Community. The judges will have an opportunity to critique/question students about their idea.

This year’s judges are Mr. Jim Mahlmann, Managing Director at Net Cetra, Michael Forcella, OCC Manager of Business Engagement, Continuing/Professional Ed, Mrs. Lori Pepenella, CEO of the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce, and Ms. Katie Calabrese, Director of Memberships and Projects, NACCE.

The Sink or Swim competition is hosted by the Business Innovation Consortium (BIC).

BIC is an umbrella organization of Business Clubs connecting talents and ideas from our best and brightest — we are all business!

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