PCC Entrepreneurs Advance in “Cleantech Challenge”

By Carolina Selva|May 14, 2016News, Southeast|

PSU announced today that one of four teams from PCC’s SE Campus will advance to the second round of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s highly competitive Cleantech Challenge – a contest for clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs across the state.  The four competing teams learned about the opportunity and gained the skills necessary to pitch their ideas in a brand-new course offered at the SE Campus: Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Southeast campus’ Amber Bielman, Ben Jackman, Haley Latham and Cole McBride will be presenting their concept “Compost Me” on Thursday, May 26.

The presentation involves pitching the idea (along with delivering a live demo) to a panel of judges for a chance to win a $2,500 development grant, then pitching the finished project at Oregon BEST FEST for a shot at the grand prize.

Four teams from PCC entered the competition, with ideas ranging from services for companion pets to the homeless to an app that helps reduce landfill by connecting people with materials to dispose of with those who can use them.

The Compost Me team invite the PCC community to join in supporting them by attending the Oregon Cleantech Day in September, where finalists pitch for the chance to win top prizes as well as gain exposure.  If other PCC teams are competing – they’d love to hear about it!

The brand-new class: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BA 150) was offered for the first time in Spring term of 2016.  In this class, students explore what’s needed to take an idea to a finished product or startup business, including what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to create a business concept and business model canvas.  Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BA 150) will be offered again at the Southeast Campus during Fall term.

For more information, contact Carolina Selva at carolina.selva@pcc.edu.

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