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Chicago High School Entrepreneurs, Here’s Your Chance to Pitch for Good

Chicago high schoolers, do you feel frustrated about being stuck at home? Want to develop an idea that could help people in this difficult time? Want to win $350 in cold, hard cash plus $2000 in college scholarships?

Future Founders has the challenge for you: its first all-virtual Pitch for Good. Do you have an idea that could help solve a problem created by the pandemic? If so, this is the challenge for you!

To complete the challenge, students work through activities on five microsites. They spot a problem, take a deep dive into that problem, and ideate possible solutions. Then contestants create a prototype of their best idea and develop a video pitch for the judges.

The challenge is a great way to learn about how entrepreneurs develop ideas and sell them to venture capitalists. That’s what Future Founders is all about–helping young people learn the skills to build their own small businesses.

All current high school students in Chicago Public Schools, charter schools, or Big Shoulders schools can pitch their ideas. Participation is 100% online and completely free. The student with the winning pitch receives a $350 cash prize and a $2,000 college scholarship.

The deadline to enter is April 30. Don’t wait to get started! To learn more about Pitch for Good and take part in the challenge, click here.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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