by Tyler Hale
It’s never too early to start a business. Little Rock-area high school students will have that opportunity this month during a business pitch competition at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
On February 20, Junior Achievement of Arkansas and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub will host the “Company Program Pitch Competition,” in which students at participating schools will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. Students will be competing for a range of prizes, including “Best Company Program of the Year”, “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Marketing Booth Award.”
Approximately 60 central Arkansas students will be participating in the competition.
School that are part of the JA Company Program will be participating in the pitch competition. The following schools will participate: Central High School, Conway High School, Parkview High School and Sylvan Hills High School.
“Entrepreneurship is a critical driver of the American economy, with new businesses leading the way in new job creation and giving youth the foundation that JA provides will ensure our continued entrepreneurial and economic strength. The Innovation Hub believes that innovation and entrepreneurship are linked, and we are honored to partner with JA in what will be an exciting competition,” Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub Dr. Chris Jones said in a statement.
During the event, AMP Publisher Heather Baker will deliver the keynote address. Baker brings more than 20 years in publishing experience to her role as the publisher for AY Media Group.
According to JA Arkansas President Tonya Villines, this marks the fourth year for the competition. All of the partners in the event, she says are “making a significant impact on the lives of youth throughout Central Arkansas”.