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Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship’s Inaugural Idea Pitch to Be Held May 3

PitchEMMITSBURG, Md. (May 1, 2018) – The Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) at Mount St. Mary’s University has selected five semi-finalist teams to participate in the inaugural Idea Pitch Invitational on May 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Knott Auditorium.

The semi-finalists, including an alumnus, a graduate student and students from all four undergraduate classes, were selected from a field of 16 applicants. Reviewers rated the applications on creative critical thinking, integrative problem solving, ethical implementation strategy, collaborative trust-based leadership and positive impact on people, planet, profit and purpose.

"The Mount has its first pitch contest, and we are looking for the brightest star.  Everyone is rooting for their favorites, amidst the fever of finals and last week of classes," said Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship Director Christine Adamow. "What a great way to celebrate the end of PCE's first year.”

Over the past six weeks, PCE has offered semi-finalists several professional development opportunities to polish their proposals, including a boot camp, pitch prepping, graphic design, and business model refining. On May 3, the five teams of entrepreneurs each will present their 10-minute pitches and then field questions from five judges and the audience for 10 minutes. The results will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Levi Schindel, C’21: ADDU, a mobile app for cross-platform social media connection
  • Le-Roy Battle, C’18: EMPOWER, a website-based community for supporting and mentoring young black adults
  • Allison Baker, C’17, ‘MSB19, and Spenser Urban, C’18: Mountain Grounds Coffee Shop, an Emmitsburg coffee shop
  • Chloe Cain, C’18, and Lyndsey Saunders, C’20: Personal Brand-in-a-Box, personalized branding packages to fit an individual’s personality, abilities and talents
  • Paul Chrismer, C’97, Teamwork Publishing Company, a specialized publisher targeting the athletics departments and sports teams of high schools and small colleges

Competitors will have the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 in prizes.

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