Eight students vied to jumpstart their business during the annual Fox Trap Pitch event. Put on by the Business division with support from American National Bank and the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, the competition welcomed students to pitch business ideas before a panel of judges for cash prizes.
More importantly, the event serves as a relevant learning experience for students aspiring to be small business owners. Under a designated time restriction, they are required to apply skills in sales, communication, professionalism, critical thinking, cost analysis, and more while making a case to launch a new business venture or enhance an existing one. After presenting their pitches, each student then answers questions from the judges.
The three top students in order of first-to-third place were Leah Greil, Business Management; Amanda Lottmann, Professional Communications; and Brielle Hastings, Business Management. Both Greil and Lottmann will advance to a regional pitch contest in Green Bay involving other area colleges and universities later this spring.
Hastings won the Viewers’ Choice award from the audience as top presenter. Other competing students included Kell Bales, Alexander Chalan, Luke Maher, Bridget Turner, and Devin Vander Heiden.
FVTC offers a variety of entrepreneurship offerings through both its Venture Center and Business division.
Winners (from left): Amanda Lottmann, 2nd Place for Dark Arts Circus; Leah Greil, 1st Place for Mobile Fuel Service; and Brielle Hastings, 3rd Place for Brick & Barrel