Students Present Business Ideas

Students Present Business Ideas

4th Annual Fox Trap Pitch Event

On Monday, March 1, 10 students competed in the 4th annual Fox Trap Pitch event, which was held virtually for the first time.

Organized by the FVTC Business division with support from American National Bank and the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, the competition offers students the opportunity to pitch business ideas before a panel of judges for cash prizes.

“I was immensely proud of how the students represented both themselves and FVTC,” says Entrepreneurship instructor Doug Schacht.

The top three winners are as follows:

First Place: Emily Nechodom ($250)

Program: Business Management
Pitch: Fire Bricks
Fire Bricks are made from recycled paper and sawdust and pressed into a brick form, and can be used within a wood-fired fireplace or firepit, or easily transported on camping trips with no mess or restrictions (unlike campfire wood). 

Second Place: Jelissa Edwards ($150)

Program: Small Business Entrepreneurship
Pitch: T&J Publications
T&J Publications is a book publishing company catering to Urban/Contemporary Romance and Christian fiction. The business strives to give their readers authentic content that promotes healing, self-love and black love.

Third Place: Dawn Miller ($100)

Program: Small Business Entrepreneurship
Pitch: Green Beans Coffee
Green Beans Coffee is a global, veteran-focused franchised coffee café. Founded in 1996, the company brings great coffee service to military personnel stationed around the globe at 70+ cafes in the US and at military bases in six countries throughout Southwest Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. They are offering franchise opportunities to veterans to expand their footprint within the U.S. market and around the world.


Nechodom and Edwards will advance to the NEW Ideas Pitch Challenge on April 29.  This is a new regional pitch event FVTC is creating in partnership with other two-year campuses including Moraine Park Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Lakeshore Technical College. There our students will compete for $1000, $500, and $200 in cash prizes.

Judges this year included Chris Nissen from American National Bank Fox Valley, Joey Reader from A-mazing Events, and Matt Rehbein from the City of Appleton Economic Development Department.

Published: Mar 10, 2021

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