Denver Startup Week Pitch Challenge 2020

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When two teen entrepreneurs competed in Denver Startup 
Week’s Pitch Competition, few expected that they would take home the Grand Prize, an award 
worth $100,000. Their win surprised and delighted the crowd and has inspired a new group of 
young entrepreneurs. For a second year, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and Young Americans Center for 
Financial Education have nominated four entrepreneurs, who will first compete in the Youth 
Pitch Challenge on Monday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. with their business ideas, before the 
winner progresses on to the semifinals of Denver Startup Week’s Pitch Competition. This year, 
the competitions are being held virtually. The grand prize is again valued at $100,000.
Competing students from Junior Achievement and Young Americans Center include:
• Jack Bonneau: At 14 years old, Jack is pitching his business, Teen Hustl, a 
neighborhood service in which teens deliver from restaurants and grocery stores on ecofriendly scooters and bikes. Jack was the youngest person to ever successfully pitch on 
TV’s Shark Tank at 10 years old for his first business, Jack’s Stands.
• Vikas Muralidharan: At 17 years old, Vikas is pitching his business, Intake, an app that 
focuses on users’ nutrition with an emphasis on body positivity.
• Gabriel Nagel: At 15 years old, Gabe is pitching his nonprofit Light CO2, the result of 
more than 400 hours of dreaming, researching, and building a concrete path to help 
individuals reduce their individual carbon footprint.
• Leonard Shearer: At 17 years old, Leonard is pitching his business Cardbound, which 
sells authenticated and rare Pokemon cards and accessories to markets across the 
globe

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