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Business Pitch Competition Finalists Announced

The ability to pitch an idea or service is crucial to starting a small business. The Small Business Sector is helping high school and college students learn those skills and receive funding for their ideas through the Get a Taste of Success Business Pitch Competition.

For the Community College Division, teams from Fresno City College, Irvine Valley College, and San Diego Continuing Education will compete May 19 for $500, $1,000 or $1,500 in funding to turn their ideas into reality. The three finalists were chosen from a pool of 24 college ideas submitted for judging in April.

For the High School Division, teams from Carpinteria High School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Whitney High School will also compete for $500, $1,000 or $1,500 in prize money.

Similar to a GoFundMe or Kickstarter campaign, pitches utilized written content, photos, and videos to present the idea and provide rationale for why it should be funded.

Christian Guidino from Fresno City College pitched an idea for Crossings, an app to connect people who have similar interests and live in the same geographic area but do not already know each other. The idea came to him two years ago when his favorite band came to Fresno and he was trying to find someone to go with him to the concert.

“With Crossings, users can open up the app and view everyone in their area that has something in common with them,” Guidino wrote in his pitch. “On top of that, users will have the option to get notifications when they cross paths with other users that share one or more of their interests with them.”

Mariah Hoffman with assistance from Matthew Rivaldi at San Diego Continuing Education is hoping to win with MicroModula Mobile Design Studio for Female Creatives, a lifestyle brand and mobile studio that helps women creatively advance in male-dominated professions.

Hoffman is interested in architecture and has always dreamed of building her own house, but quickly learned that females can face discrimination in male-dominated fields like architecture. She’s hoping the studio can empower women to hold their own in the workforce.

“I realized that I needed to start small, learn to work with my hands, and find a way to share my experiences to inspire other women through their own challenges,” Hoffman wrote in her pitch.

The final community college competitor is Mayam Edah-Tally, a 17-year-old hoping to earn funding for Fleur À Cheval (FAC), a company she launched in 2016 that helps female equestrians bring a little glamor to their horses with handcrafted floral accessories for equines.

The biggest problem that myself and other female riders face is that we don’t have any accessories to glam up our horses for photo shoots, competitions, shows, and parades,” Edah-Tally wrote in her pitch. “FAC the first commerce company to sell the original handcrafted floral accessories for equines.”

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