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BARNSTABLE — Younger folks can be taught so much at Barnstable Excessive College: the way to clear up an algebra downside, the way to learn DNA code and the way to make sense out of literary classics. Some college students are even studying what it takes to start out a enterprise.

In a contest just like TV’s “Shark Tank” — the place entrepreneurs attempt to persuade a panel of tycoons to spend money on their concept — college students lately pitched their enterprise concepts to a panel of judges.

Rising from the pack on June 14 had been Nicholas Pouliot and Dominic Ford, who received prizes at a New England semi-final competitors for younger entrepreneurs.

The competitors was sponsored by the Community for Educating Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, a world nonprofit group that gives entrepreneurship training to center and highschool college students.

Barnstable Excessive College college students Nicholas Pouliot, left, and Dominic Ford received second and third place, respectively, within the Community for Educating Entrepreneurship New England Youth Entrepreneurship Problem in Boston on June 14, 2022. Pouliot will advance to NFTE’s Nationwide Youth Entrepreneurship Problem in New York this fall, the place he’ll compete towards college students from throughout the nation

What had been the Barnstable college students’ concepts?

Pouliot got here up with plans for a biodegradable, reusable marker for academics to make use of in school rooms.

The concept for “Pouliot’s Preservation” got here to him after noticing what number of markers academics threw away. The marker would have a particular cap and again design so the marker might be refurbished, he mentioned.

Pouliot received $1,000 and an opportunity to compete in a nationwide NFTE competitors to be held in New York Metropolis in October.

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Ford received $500 for his concept for a cell grooming enterprise, “Limitless Grooming.”

He got here up with the concept when the pandemic hit. With companies closed and other people unable to get so many issues achieved, he thought the Cape can be an ideal market. Many Cape residents are older and retired, so bringing his grooming enterprise to them appeared like a good suggestion.

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This marks the third yr Barnstable Excessive College has participated in NFTE competitions. The varsity teamed up with NFTE after searching for methods to implement extra rigor into its Pathways applications, in keeping with enterprise trainer Justin Ogilvie.

“We’ve been blown away by them (NFTE),” he mentioned.

The varsity runs a year-long course by NFTE. Sixty college students in three sections accomplished the course this yr. Twelve of them moved on to NFTE’s regional quarter-final spherical. 5 college students went to the semi-finals. Two, Pouliot and Ford, went to the regional finals in Boston.

“It’s an awesome piece of the enterprise pathway,” Ogilvie mentioned. “It offers children a possibility.”

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And it does a lot extra, mentioned Monice Maurice, Barnstable’s lead trainer with NFTE.

“The lessons are extra than simply for teenagers who wish to be entrepreneurs,” she mentioned.

It’s about making a mindset that acknowledges alternative, and is comfy with danger, she mentioned. She known as these traits necessary because the area and nation transfer into an economic system that’s worldwide.

“They (college students) are anticipated to be intrapreneurs inside the corporations they work for,” she mentioned. “We wish to develop these sorts of expertise that they’ll switch in any path.”

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How you can train – and develop – that sort of mindset is the magic query, Maurice mentioned. The mindset piece of the curriculum is in each class, she mentioned. With every idea taught, college students be taught to construct a enterprise. They should determine what sort of enterprise they need – does it ship items, or does it ship providers? As they be taught the ideas, they apply them to their enterprise concepts.

Some college students understand beginning their very own enterprise isn’t for them.

What’s subsequent for Pouliot, Ford?

Pouliot and Ford made it by a quarter-final competitors that had 34 college students and a semi-final competitors towards 16 college students. They joined one different pupil for the nationwide competitors. Daisha Jackson, a pupil from Windfall, RI, received first place and $2,500 for “Yoga for All.” She’s going to head to the NFTE nationwide competitors in October.

Volunteer judges from throughout the nation reviewed pupil pitches and watched movies of their shows, in keeping with Joanne Lessner, managing director for Lambert, the general public relations agency representing the NFTE.

The judges included entrepreneurs and enterprise folks, together with workers members of NFTE sponsor organizations.

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Pouliot plans to do extra analysis and refine his challenge earlier than the subsequent competitors. He’d wish to make his presentation higher, and if doable, have a prototype prepared. A consultant from Hasbro spoke with him after his pitch in Boston. He’s made different contacts, Pouliot mentioned. Whereas his warm-up presentation did not go easily, he felt assured presenting to the judges.

Ford plans to arrange, too, as a result of there’s a probability he might enter the nationwide competitors if a pupil finalist drops out. His takeaway from the expertise: so much goes into beginning a enterprise.

For Ogilvie, some of the necessary classes is {that a} 15-year-old doesn’t have to really feel it’s unattainable to get a enterprise off the bottom.

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“Younger individuals are altering the world,” J.D. LaRock, CEO of NFTE, wrote in an e mail. “Every younger entrepreneur’s modern concept signifies a possibility to deal with key challenges dealing with communities across the globe.”

The NFTE nationwide competitors will likely be held in New York Metropolis in mid-October. The day, time and site haven’t but been introduced.

Contact Denise Coffey at [email protected] Observe her on Twitter: @DeniseCoffeyCCT.

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