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Teen Entrepreneurs to Face Adults in Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition for Chance to Win $100,000

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DENVER (September 9, 2020)- 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 eco-friendly 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.


Denver Startup Week Youth Pass Pitch Challenge

Monday, September 14, 2020

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Livestreamed Event:

Free and open to the public (registration required)

Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition Semifinals

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

4:00-6:30 p.m.

Livestreamed Event:

Free and open to the public (registration required)


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