Five groups of Westfield High School students will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the Westfield Chamber of Commerce luncheon attendees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St.
The students will pitch their business ideas in a way similar to the “Shark Tank” television show. This is the fourth year for the event, but the first year in which students have pitched to a chamber audience.
“When we met this year to talk about what we wanted this year to look like, we really wanted to find a way to get more of the community involved, and so I thought that presenting to the chamber, we had a built-in audience for the students just to see a little more energy around the event,” WHS Innovation Specialist Joel Bruns said. “I think what the kids are doing is really cool, that they have these ideas and want to get them out into the world.”
Chamber members have the opportunity to vote on which business they believe should win. The winning student or students receive between $1,500 and $500 in cash and a $1,000 investment in their business model. The $1,000 is placed in a fund where the student then requests money to purchase items needed for the business. Several local businesses serve as sponsors to make the prize money possible.
“I want to challenge other chambers of commerce in Hamilton County to do the same. I want it to get even bigger,” Bruns said. “I would like to do our version, then Noblesville have a competition with their chamber of commerce, OneZone would have a competition with Fishers and Carmel and the Hamilton County North Chamber would have one, and then each one has individual competitions, and then we all come together for a final round.”
For more, visit westfield-chamber.org.