GISD Announces 2021 Pitch Competition Winners

Congratulations to 2021 Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition Winners
Posted on 06/16/2021
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FLINT – The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is excited to recognize and congratulate this year’s Countywide Pitch Competition winners. The 3rd Annual Countywide Pitch Competition was held virtually again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But high school students from across Genesee County brought their “A” game via video pitches for their original business idea or product. A total of 34 students from 14 schools around the county participated and submitted impressive pitches.


Youth Entrepreneurship Club advisors selected one winner from each school district and the final pitch competition was held on May 13th. A panel of judges determined the five top winners who along with bragging rights received some amazing prizes. The 5th place winner received $150, the prize for 4th place $250, and $500 for 3rd place. The 2nd place winner received $750 and this year’s 1st place winner received a whopping $1,000!

The students with the winning pitches are as follows:

 *Regional Winners (Top 5):

       1. Jacob Madar

Kearsley High School

InPower Generations

       2. Kaytlyn Couch

Fenton High School

ECO-EarSavers

       3. Nathan Mobley

Bentley Senior High School

Sheet Rod

       4. Catherine Haynes

Genesee Career Institute (GCI)

Math Mavens

       5. Matthew Weaver

Fenton High School

Weaver Electronics


     Jacob Madar photo     Nathan Mobley photo (Madar & Mobley pictured)

To expand the effort to educate and expose local youth to the world of entrepreneurialism, this year the Genesee County Youth Entrepreneurship Clubs also participated in a new competition called the Investor Pitch. The competition provides students with an opportunity to win money to start a new business! Students must convince investors (the judges) that their business idea is worth the capital needed to get it off the ground. 72 students participated in the competition at their local high schools, then went on to compete at the county level. Below are the top three county-level winners, followed by students who won 1st place at the district level.   

 *County Level Winners (Top 3):

1st Place - $750 prize

Nathan Mobley

Idea - Sheet Rod

2nd Place - $500 prize

Cleon Anderson

Idea - Essential Smellz

3rd Place - $250 prize

Evan Brown

Idea - Special Suits



Investor Pitch 1st Place District Winners:

  1. Nathan Mobley

Bentley Senior High School

       2. Samantha Jarbou

Clio High School

       3. Evan Brown

Fenton High School

       4. TK Thomas

Flint Southwestern Academy

       5. Colton Baker

Flushing High School

       6. Cleon Anderson

Genesee Career Institute (GCI)

       7. William Gunther

Grand Blanc High School

       8. Jacob Mador

Kearsley High School

       9. Camden Geyer

Lake Fenton High School

     10. Tristen Berlinski

Linden High School

     11. Brad McNeil

Montrose High School

     12. Chase Hetzel

Mt. Morris High School

     13. Elijah Woods

Westwood Heights Academy

     14. Demonte Thomas

Youth Quest

 

Another way for local youth to showcase and develop their entrepreneurial skills is through the GISD YE Marketplace. Students can sell their products online and at the Flint Farmers Market. Check out the current online marketplace click here.

For information on how to join a local Youth Entrepreneurship Club, contact Kim Dehmel at 810-591-4561 or Roy Sovis at 810-591-4520.