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Students Pitch Business Ideas in “Shark Tank” Style Event

Josh G pitching game idea

Students in the TriDistrict Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Business and Entrepreneur Pathway participated in a “Shark Tank” style pitch event hosted by Reve Academy. Students presented their business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win a micro-internship and grant money. They prepared slide decks and presentations ahead of time and each student had about 15 minutes to pitch their idea. The panelists then gave the students feedback and asked questions. 

Four students pitched their ideas to the judges:

  • Josh G., Rodent Rampage Strategy Game (South St. Paul High School)
    • Josh developed a strategy board game called Rodent Rampage. He hopes to develop it into a video game. 
  • Alex J., Top Ten Clothing (Two Rivers High School)
    • Alex’s idea involves selling apparel and other items that promote mental health, specifically in men.
  • Jiachelle M., Bakery (Simley High School)
    • Jiachelle would like to open a bakery selling authentic Puerto Rican pastries. The recipes have been passed down to her from her grandmother.
  • Shaylee O., Headphone covers (Simley High School)
    • Shaylee was looking for a solution to the problem of longer hair getting stuck and pulled when wearing headphones. She created a cover to go over her Beats headphones that guard the areas most prone to catching hair.

All four students walked away with the chance to continue their business with Reve Academy. The micro-internship is modeled after a corporate Entrepreneur in Residence role, popular with companies that empower their own employees to innovate around an aspect of their current business. The students will receive up to $500 and industry mentorship from business professionals who volunteer their time to help students level up their concepts. Students will also have an option of earning three free college credits through ACE/Credly, transferrable to thousands of colleges across the nation. These students will also be eligible to do multiple rounds of their residencies as they further develop their businesses.

The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Initiative is for students enrolled in South St. Paul, Simley, and Two Rivers High Schools to have a wide range of opportunities to engage in authentic, real-world career exploration activities. The Business and Entrepreneurship Program is an opportunity for students to gain a broader understanding of the world of business first-hand from business leaders in our communities. Along the way, students learn professional skills and practice these skills as they develop a professional resume, digital profile, and engage in practice interviews, site visits, and guest presentations. If you are an organization that would like to learn how you can partner with TriDistrict to train the next generation of business professionals, visit:


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