2022 Pitch for the Skilled Trades Finalists Announced!


Six teams will be competing for a share of $150,000 in prize money made available through the generosity of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation on Monday, October 3rd at the noon mainstage session of NACCE’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Teams moving to the Final Pitching Round in Boston:


Project Name

Barstow Community College (CA)

“Workforce Pipeline”

Laramie County Community College (WY)

“Z Lab – AR/VR Experience”

Southeast Community College (NE)

“Food truck for Foodies”

Tallahassee Community College (FL)

“Breaker-Breaker One-Nine”

Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TN)

“The Ride of Frankenstein (Electric Car)”

Vance-Granville Community College (NC)

“Welding Expansion Project”

“We are grateful for the support of the Ratcliffe Foundation over the past three years in providing a combined total of $900,000 in grant funds for prizes, matching funds for the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF), and project support for this growing program. The ideas pitched in past years and in this upcoming competition highlight the importance of infusing entrepreneurial mindset training into technical and certificate trades programs on community college campuses.  It also demonstrates the creativity of our faculty, staff, and presidents who are engaged in the NACCE network,” said Rebecca Corbin, President and CEO of NACCE.

The Ratcliffe Foundation provided an additional $150,000 in prize funds for the Pitch for the Foundation competition that will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at noon. Finalists for that competition will be announced later this week!

NACCE’s annual conference, October 2 – 5, 2022, in Boston, will also be streamed live for virtual attendees.  Register here to attend!