CVCC Announces Call for “Shark Tank” Entries

CVCC Shark Tank 2015Catawba Valley Community College announces a call for entries to its fifth annual Shark Tank competition by March 31.

The contest provides students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes. CVCC’s Shark Tank promotes and mentors entrepreneurship by providing a low-risk environment for students and entrepreneurs to practice pitching a business idea.

The competition is also an opportunity to recognize outstanding and creative business ideas. A takeoff on the popular ABC reality show, CVCC’s Shark Tank is sponsoredby the Unifour Foundation, Inc. Endowment and the Lane Family Foundation.

Participants may compete in one of three categories again this year: CVCC students, CVCC Small Business Center clients and local high school students.

Terry Carr, CVCC graduate and winner of last year’s CVCC Shark Tank, went on to compete in the Edison Project sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce with his proposal to sell farm-raised beef directly to consumers.

To enter, complete and submit an application by March 18 available. Applications are available online at www.cvcc.edu/Entrepreneur. The CVCC Shark Tank team will review the proposals and schedule a practice presentation with entrants. Presentations will be rated to determine the finalists.

Finalists will make a five-minute presentation to a panel of judges who will determine the winners.

Practice presentations will be held April 1 through April 17. Finalists will be decided and make presentations to a panel of judges Tues., April 28, at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jeff Neuville, CVCC Small Business Center Director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4102, jneuville@cvcc.edu.

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