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Pitch-ing Perfect

By: Maura McInerney Published: April 10th, 2014
This student pitches his idea for the photo editing app, Luminence.

This student pitches his idea for the photo editing app, Luminence.

We were thrilled to host some very promising young entrepreneurs at Young Americans last week. Students from DSST Stapleton and DSST Green Valley Ranch have been participating in a Startup Colorado entrepreneur class over the past two months. The culmination of the class was a pitch by the best businesses from each class.

The extra-curricular classes were well attended and included local

The judges listen to the final pitches.

The judges listen to the final pitches.

entrepreneur guest speakers each class. The students worked together in teams to devise solutions to problems they saw in their lives, or came up with business ideas that fit an individual passion.

Startup Colorado incentivized the students by offering $15,000 to be awarded on merit, participation, and overall business idea generation. Many of the

The students of Incandenscence make their case.

The students of Incandenscence make their case.

students will be able to use money awarded from board members at the school to turn their business idea into reality and also fulfill their senior project requirement.

Each school sent the top three business pitches to the finals. Steve Halstedt, a venture capitalist, and Ross Shell, an owner of a startup, were the judges for the final event hosted at Young Americans in Ameritowne. The youth business ideas ranged from custom greeting cards to non-partisan informative political websites.

Along with their teachers, facilitators, and guest speakers, Young Americans would like to congratulate the three winners!

Monster Eye Designs pitching.

Monster Eye Designs pitching.

  • Incandenscence – A website that solves the teenage dilemma of online shopping and keeping up with the latest trends.
  •  A photo editing app that combines all other app editing features that is free and then offers the ability upgrade to more filters and features monthly for $0.99.
  • Neo-teric – Henna in cartridges administered by pen and the stencils to create traditional and non-traditional non-permanent tattoos to our very tattooed culture.

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