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CB South students win third in business pitch competition


Six teams of students from four high schools in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions, including Central Bucks South High School, competed in a business pitch challenge hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Firstrust Bank.

The competition marked the culmination of the Entrepreneurs Game Plan powered by EVERFI program, a digital learning platform implemented in 30 area high schools that uses case studies, interactive business simulations, and personal development activities to prepare students for a bright and prosperous future.

Forty-three business pitches were submitted, and the top six were selected to present their ideas on Wednesday, April 10, at the Firstrust Bank Club at Lincoln Financial Field.

MelodyRay, a compact laser projector that can project all 88 keys of a piano on a flat surface created by students from CB South placed third and received $1,000. All student finalists received swag from Firstrust and the Eagles and a tour of the Eagles’ locker room and field.

The pitches were judged by a panel of executives from Firstrust and the Eagles, including Frank Gumienny, senior vice president, chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Eagles; Peggy Leimkuhler, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Firstrust Bank; Eagles legend Jason Avant; and Carleen O’Reilly, senior director of account management at EVERFI.

In addition to developing a new business idea and pitch, students participating in the Entrepreneurs Game Plan program learned how to save startup capital and balance a budget, what it means to be an entrepreneur and how to recognize business opportunities.

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