Eight area high school teams pitched their big ideas to a panel of five judges or “sharks” plus an audience of 100 supporters at the 2nd annual IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge on the evening of March 8, 2017. Engaging high school students is a focus strategy of IGNITE! Business Success, the umbrella, go-to resource network of 18 local organizations supporting area entrepreneurs (www.IGNITEfdlc.com). Each team worked with a business mentor to refine their idea, submit a mini business plan, and prepare for the “pitch” event on March 8th. The first through third place winners include:
1st Place $2,000 scholarship winner: Skratch Snacks – Campbellsport High School with a healthy gluten free snack idea. Mentor- Caitlin Stoll and Joel Fleischman, Drexel Building Supply
2nd Place $1,000 scholarship winner: Team Laconia/Buechels – Laconia High School with an interchangeable shoe bottom idea. Mentor-Jeff Liddicoat, Horicon Bank Ripon
3rd Place $500 scholarship winners (tie): Iron Muscle Fitness & Big Guns Wrestling Club – Campbellsport High School with an affordable, family friendly gym concept . Mentor-Ike Perron, Perron Trucking and Fondy Business Team – Fond du Lac High School with a mobile outdoor theater concept. Mentor-Steve Leaman, Horicon Bank Fond du Lac
The Fondy Business Team won the Community Choice Award from the audience for the Most Creative Idea with Skratch Snacks winning the Community Choice Award for Best Presentation/Pitch.