Four Judges critiqued ten business plans at The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, the whole event was sponsored by “Economics Pennsylvania.”
The State College Area High Students who won the first Centre County Entrepreneurship Challenge thought less might be more.
“We designed a customized lingerie company, basically we wanted to have a project we could have a little fun with but still take it seriously,” Nate Miller, a member of the winning team and Senior at State High, said.
The team impressed the judges with a detailed marketing plan and cost outline that seemed feasible.
“They are in a marketing program and you know we do a lot of public speaking, and a lot of the discipline that they had in the criteria, that they had to gather for this project, are things that we study on a daily basis,” State High Marketing Instructor Robin Verback said.
The winners said the competition opened their eyes to what other kids are doing across the county. The “Little Lions” also got a chance to put their education to the test.
“We all have a little bit of a background in marketing and business and it's kind of put all the things we've learned in school to the test,” Winning team member Tessa Girouard said.
State College; be on the lookout for La Duchesse de Velours lingerie shop.
“At this point, I think, with a few minor changes we could make this a real business,” Miller said.
The winners received a $500 savings bond and their teacher got $150. Both the second and third place teams came from The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.