Steve Fogel, Program Director of Berkshire Enterprises, and Adam Hinds, Program Coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection, have announced the launch of The First Berkshire County High School Pitch Contest. The contest will include a series of workshops for teams of contestants culminating in the teams pitching their business ideas to a group of judges made up of leaders from the local business community. Outreach to interested high school students around the county will begin in December.
Fogel and Hinds are currently seeking mentors to work with the student teams. They are holding an Outreach Meeting on Tuesday November 18th in the Board Room of 1 Berkshire, 66 Allen Street in Pittsfield from 6:30 to 7:30 PM for interested business men and women, parents, and educators who will be trained to work with the teams of students to develop, research, and refine their business ideas. Mentors will support the teams in developing a formal pitch to be used in the competition. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes. Mentors will be asked to attend a two hour training program and to be available for around 4 hours a month to work with their team.
Steve Fogel said, “We have looked for a way to involve the high school students in the area in entrepreneurship and the pitch contest provides a fun engaging way to do it. It also provides a way for parents and the business community to get involved.”
Hinds added, “The pitch contest engages students in active learning while simultaneously helping them explore paths to success.”
Anyone with questions should contact Steve Fogel through email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkshire Enterprises is a program of the Office for Workforce Development at Berkshire Community College.