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March 07, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Roane State hosting entrepreneurial event focused on middle and high school students

Roane State Community College (RSCC) is partnering with middle and high school students in five local counties to help their students develop business savvy skills and learn how to become successful entrepreneurs.

Organized as part of the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd) ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship into the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Pitch Series, the virtual event will take between 10 a.m. and noon this Thursday, March 11.

Teams of students from Wartburg, Coalfield and Sunbright High Schools in Morgan County as well as Scott and Anderson County high schools, Clarkrange High in Fentress County, and Jacksboro Middle in Campbell County will be pitching their business ideas via timed ZOOM events. Each school can field two teams.

The participating counties were selected because they’ve been hard hit by the downturn in the coal-mining industry. The Appalachian Regional Commission is funding the event.

Roane State’s role includes providing judges for the competition and the campus site directors choosing ambassadors to organize and coordinate activities.

To compete, each team must consist of two or more students. After a 90-second “elevator pitch” that gives a very brief overview of their project, each teams will give a more detailed, five-minute explanation of their ideas and business plans.

To learn more, read the RSCC release (Roane State News Release 2).

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