Southwestern College Student Places Top 5 in Regional Business Pitch Competition
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San Diego Mesa College played host to a regional business pitch competition for community college students called Idea2Innovate, which was organized in conjunction with the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator for the San Diego & Imperial Region and was one of 10 regional competitions throughout the state—the winners of which will compete in a statewide competition in May. The format of the competition was modeled after the popular TV show “Shark Tank” in which current and aspiring business owners pitch their business ideas to successful entrepreneurs in hopes of landing investment to start or expand their business.
For the Idea2Innovate competition, community college students throughout the San Diego & Imperial region submitted a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation and a 2-minute video pitch of their business. Judges then scored the slide decks and videos and invited the top 8 students to pitch their ideas at a live event at Mesa’s campus on April 8th. Each student had 7 minutes to pitch their idea in front of the judges and invited guests. The allotted time included 2-minutes to show their video pitch and 5 minutes for their live pitch, after which the judges had 3 minutes to ask follow-up questions. Southwestern College student, Marco Chavez—who had attended a pair of labs and individual counseling sessions put on by CITD Business Advisors, Gabriel Reyes and Monica Rosas in conjunction with Southwestern College Business Professor, Yvonne Lucas to help prepare students for the competition—was one of the students selected for the live event. Marco pitched his organic clothing business, Motiv, which sells t-shirts and other clothing and accessories that are made with bamboo fiber and organic cotton, and was awarded 5th place and a cash scholarship in the amount of $500. Although Marco will not be eligible to compete in the statewide business pitch competition, he has already launched his business and made his first sales.