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Annual Junior PioBiz competition open to area high school students

The third annual Junior PioBiz Competition, sponsored by Marietta College’s Entrepreneurship program, will consist of two rounds for high school students beginning Feb. 21.

Students may compete alone or in up to five-member teams during the business idea competition.

The first round is Problem-Solution and is scheduled for Feb. 21 from 5-7 p.m. in The Gathering Place at Marietta College. In this round of the competition, students will be provided stands where they can attach their posters that display a problem and their proposed product or service that solves the problem.

The top six placers in the first round will receive certificates, $50 cash awards, the opportunity to work with Marietta College students on their projects, and move to the second round – Proof of Concept, which is scheduled for April 3 from 4-6 p.m. in the Timothy O. Cooper Auditorium in Thomas Hall.

In this round of the competition, students will be given up to five minutes to describe their business idea and provide evidence that their idea is feasible. The top three teams in the second round will receive the following awards:

First place: Three free Marietta College 3-credit hour courses valued at $4,275 plus $200 in cash.

Second place: Two free Marietta College 3-credit hour courses valued at $2,850 plus $150 in cash.

Third place: One free Marietta College 3-credit hour course valued at $1,425 plus $100 in cash.

To apply, high school representatives (teachers, counselors, principals, others) must complete a brief application online by Feb. 7.

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