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SMCC Students Awarded a Total of $2,000 for Business Venture Pitches

Venture Pitch

Congratulations goes out to the South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center Spring 2015 Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) winners! Marisol Federal Credit Union funded the 2015 Student Venture Pitch Competitions and has partnered with the college to support entrepreneurial opportunities.

14 student participants pitched their business concepts, many already established, to a panel of distinguished judges, which included Chuck Newton from SCORE, Robin Romano, MariSol Federal Credit Union CEO, and Dr. Garret Westlake, Associate Dean of Student Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

Participants had three minutes to provide an overview of their businesses, describe their customers, and outline the benefits their business would gain from the prize money. Prizes were awarded for first through fifth place, audience choice and best business idea with social innovation.

The Spring 2015 winners of the SVPC are as follows:

  • First Place $500 Jason Wasser
  • Second Place $400 Lisa Leon
  • Third Place $300 Jenna DeCoite
  • Fourth Place $200 Belinda Escalante
  • Fifth Place $100 Lakesha Harris
  • Social Innovation $250 Belinda Escalante
  • Audience Choice $250 Jenna Decoite

The next Student Venture Pitch Competition (SVPC) will be held in Fall 2015. The SVPC is open to all SMCC students registered for a minimum of three credit hours during the semester and who own or are ready to start a business.

For more information about the many opportunities available through the South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneurship Center visit

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