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Far North YEP Competition Sees Surge in Participation

March 21, 2019 marked the12thAnnual Far North Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Competitionhosted by Shasta College and the regional Deputy Sector Navigator of Business & Entrepreneurship! More than 650 students - representing ten Northern California high schools - gathered at Redding’s Cascade Theater for the live pitch contest. This year’s three-phase contest boasted participation by 68 entrepreneurship teams made up of one to three high school students. The students are asked to complete a rigorous development outline and marketing plan to take original ideas from concept to tangible deliverable. The five final teams presented their five minute pitches using digital presentations to an audience of peers and a panel of five judges.

“The number of live event attendees grew from 350 students in 2018 to 650 students this year, and participation from regional schools grew more than 50 percent,” said Angela Cordell, DSN and lead coordinator of the event. “We are humbled and thrilled by this momentum and dedication to entrepreneurial education.”

This year’s first place winner, Sean Alverez, was the only submission from Weed High School. His pitch - a state-of-the-art home and land fire prevention system - addressed current anxiety and needs of the local community and his professionalism wowed the judges. The judges were made up of local business owners and representatives who have continued to support the program year after year.

“Very proud. One of my favorite events every year!” said Rick Rothmann, a successful owner of the health focused restaurant “Roots”, boasting three locations throughout Redding.

Thanks to annual sponsorship from US Bank and continued support from Shasta College’s EWD programs, the program’s coordinating team is looking forward to YEP 2020!

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