Seagoville Student Entrepreneurs Compete in Regional Business Pitch Competition

A pair of Seagoville P-TECH students will join two more young entrepreneurs from North Texas area high schools who will pitch their business ideas at the NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship) Regional Youth Entrepreneurship competition held at The Belo Mansion on Thursday, June 7. The competition starts at 7:00 a.m., as the students vie for a chance to win cash prizes and advance to the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City this fall.

Yorlene Bonilla and Maria Borjas of P-TECH at Seagoville will pitch L&M Cultural Box. In today’s world, many people – young and old – only know what they see on social media, on TV, in movies, or in the classroom.

L&M Cultural Boxes will provide subscribers with the opportunity to experience a new and different culture every quarter by appealing to a variety of senses – tasty snacks, eye appealing pictures, cultural music, scented shells, and hands on crafts.

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Prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded to the winners on June 7, and the first and second place winners of the North Texas Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge will advance to compete against other regional winners at NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in the fall, where they’ll have a chance to win a grand prize of $25,000.

The two remaining students who’ll be pitching at the North Texas Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on June 7 include:

Kiara Colbert of Bryan Adams High School will pitch TheraPillow, a pillow with a gel pack inserted inside. The gel pack can be heated or cooled to relieve pain from an injury or overexertion. Instructions describe how long to leave the pack in the freezer or microwave. The pillow has a zipper pocket, so you are able to easily insert/remove the gel pack. The customer has the ability to design the fabric used as well as the size.

Katelyn Patane of Nimitz High School will pitch Kate’s Touch, a belt that is specifically designed to only fit around the back portion of the body. It is an adjustable suspender-type accessory for those who don’t like wearing belts but who want to keep their pants up. They can come in different colors to match your outfit.

The business pitches will be judged by a group of distinguished area leaders including:

– Pam Gerber, former Executive Director, Entrepreneurs for North Texas
– Shezad Manjee, Founder & Creative Director, DHD Films
– Tracy Merzi, Market President and Publisher, Dallas Business Journal
– Philip J. Romano, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Artist and Restaurateur
– Aaron Shelby, Executive Vice President, LegacyTexas Bank
– Michael Williams, Distinguished Leader in Residence, UNT at Dallas

The North Texas Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge will be jointly emceed by two 2016 NFTE graduates, Adeline Lopez and Maylin Gonzalez. Adeline and Maylin are the founders of Custom Novoutee, a premium retail service that focuses on expanding the realm of self-expression in a fashion-oriented society.

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For more than three decades, NFTE has been sending student regional competition winners to New York City to pitch their businesses and display their entrepreneurship skills at the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The event is presented with support from EY, Santander, Citi Foundation & Microsoft.