PRINT Pitches pay off at MVCC YEA! investor panel event

Pitches pay off at MVCC YEA! investor panel event

Pitches pay off at MVCC YEA! investor panel event

Seven middle and high school students from Oneida and Herkimer Counties pitched their business ideas before a panel of five local investors to compete for funding at the Third Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel Presentation Event at Mohawk Valley Community College on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The students presented before representatives from some of the area’s biggest companies as well as an audience filled with family, friends, and members of the community, for the opportunity to gain funding for their original ideas that could be the next big thing.

The Investor Panel donated monetary contributions and in-kind donations at the event, as well as their support and encouragement in their belief that they, too, can make a job – not take a job – at any age.

The investor panel consisted of the following business professionals:

Invested funds totaling $3000 were divided and allocated to the businesses that the investors felt had a well-developed plan, and an idea that had a good chance at success. The Greater Utica Chamber awarded one CEO with a one-year Chamber membership. MVCC awarded Presidential Scholarships to two students from one of the winning businesses, Camp Clef, which covers full tuition for two years. New this year, one student was awarded with a $500 Shopping Spree to Sam’s Club, thanks to a generous donation by Sam’s Club.

The investments were awarded as follows:

Students will now begin marketing and selling their products and services, and preparing for the YEA! Trade Show to showcase their goods to the general public. The Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 5 – 7 p.m. at a Greater Utica Chamber Business After Hours Event, held at Mohawk Valley Community College in the Information Technology Building. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, please contact Carolyn DeJohn at or 315.792.5410.