2019 PITCH COMPETITION
Glockner Dare To Dream
This is the fifth strait year of seeing the number of students and schools increase. This year 51 high school teams consisting of three to five students competed to be one of the 14 teams from 10 different high schools to be invited to the finals. The students in most cases had to go through in-school competitions and then state semifinals to get to the finals.
Each Team had a maximum of five minutes to present their business idea that was then followed by questions from the judges:
- April Perry, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Kentucky Farmers Bank.
- Jeff Bauer, President of Shawnee State University
- Jacqueline Khorassani, Phd., Director of Entrepreneurship Marietta College.
- Faith Knutsen, Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ohio University.
- Steve Moore, President of Wastren Advantage
- Tim Glockner, Head Coach, Glockner Enterprises
- John Glazer Senior Executive in Residence for Strategic Development Voinovich School of Leadership
The judges determined the placement and the amount of cash award that each team would receive. A total of $34,000 was awarded to the students, with the top team winning $7,750. All of the students that made it to the finals were winners and received cash awards.
The teachers received gift cards in the value of $1,000 with signed thank you notes from the sponsors and judges.
Total sponsorship money was $34,000; all of this was given out to the students. This is the fifth straight year of increasing the amount of money given to the students.
The ARC grant received paid for expenses of putting on the program, and gift cards given to the teachers as a thank you for their work with the students.
The Tri-State Angel Investment Group members are big supporters of this program, starting with Andy Glockner, the title Sponsor. Steve Moore of Wastern (WAI), Kentucky Farmers Bank, Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, John Stewart, Bon Secours our Lady of Bellefonte hospital, Shawnee State, Smith Family Restaurant (SFR) and McDonalds are also supporters.
In addition Shawnee State and the Kricker Innovation Hub donated the use of their facility for both the Ohio semifinal and final. Angie Dudit, director of the Kricker Innovation Hub, managed the website and a Facebook page for the program.
Total sponsorship money and donated services were over $40,000 for this year’s program.
1ST PLACE TEAM
Yak Rak — Portsmouth High School
Team Members: Chloe Minton, Emily Jones, Aiden Donges, and Autumn Wright
Coach: Nate Kline
Yak Rak presented an idea for a rack that attaches to a vehicle and can hold kayaks, paddle boards, surfboards, and other supplies. They won a total of $7,750 for both the championship and the prize for the Most Viable Business Idea.
Pictured from left are April Perry, head of the judging team; Mike Thompson, contest coordinator; Andy Glockner, title sponsor; Chloe Minton, Emily Jones, Aiden Donges, and Autumn Wright of PHS; Steve Moore, partner sponsor; and Nate Kline, PHS Business Instructor and team coach.