Receiving the grant at the NACCE conference was such a thrill! Now it’s time to get to work.
To add just a bit more detail to the synopsis that appears at the top of this page….We are hosting an elevator pitch competition for area high school students as well as students from Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE). Students will submit a paper application describing their business idea. Twenty five applicants will be selected by a panel of judges to pitch their ideas on the SWIC campus in April. Fifteen winners will be selected and each one will receive a $500 award courtesy of the Coleman Foundation’s generous grant. A reception will follow so that all participants will get chance to interact with the judges as well as SCORE counselors for additional feedback on their ideas.
My partner in this project is Kristine Jarden, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. We met the week after I returned to begin laying out details: preparing the applications for participants, discussing the ground rules for the elevator pitch component and identifying potential judges are among the most pressing issues right now. This morning (11/4) in our local SCORE meeting we discussed how the chapter might get involved and a SCORE district representative offered financial support for the event. We’re quite pleased with that!
Kristine and I will have a telephone meeting tomorrow to move forward on some of the details.