Marietta Community Foundation Awards Funding to Establish Junior PioPitch at Marietta College
Posted 2017-05-30 by Kaitlin Sarago
Did you have an entrepreneurial spirit when you were young? Students
in the Marietta community definitely do, and were excited to display their
skills. Middle school students who participate in the Ely Chapman Education Foundation
After-School Program, as well as high school students enrolled in the Marietta
High School Entrepreneurship class were competing at Marietta College for the
first ever Junior PioPitch.
Through a partnership with Ely Chapman Education Foundation and
Building Bridges to Careers, an entrepreneurship curriculum was developed.
Marietta College already has a PioPitch program established for its students,
who compete for a $10,000 prize for a start-up business, and are excited to
expand to a younger generation.
Throughout the course, students had the opportunity to
interact with potential customers, stakeholders, experts, and mentors to test
the marketability of their solutions.
Through the entrepreneurship curriculum, middle and high
school students have learned what it means to have an entrepreneurial heart,
and a love for creation. Both of the
developed programs were age-appropriate and were based on a
nationally-recognized Ice House Entrepreneurship curriculum, which teaches
students to troubleshoot.
As a way to demonstrate all they have learned, each of the
students will have the ability to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to members
of the campus and community. By taking this course, youth in Marietta were able
to sharpen the next generation of citizens to the mindset and behavior of
“We piloted the junior PioPitch program because we
wanted to inspire the high school and middle school students to think
creativity. We wanted to motivate students to search for opportunities to fill
a gap in the market, and then work on developing their ideas further,” comments
Jacqueline Khorassani, Professor/Director
of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Business and Economics Department of
The Binkley Charitable Fund, as well as the unrestricted
funds of the Marietta Community Foundation awarded the funding to help
establish Junior PioPitch at Marietta College. The Foundation is pleased to
know the youth in the community are excited in cultivating their entrepreneurship
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