Friday, March 10, 2017

Upstart Pasco Students to Dive Into “Shark Tank”

Who: Students from the business and entrepreneurship principles program, the Office for Career and Technical Education, Career Source Pasco/Hernando, the Pasco Education Foundation, the Pasco Economic Development Council, the USF Stavros Center, and Pasco SCORE

What: Pasco’s Young Entrepreneurs Competition


  • 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, April 3 - River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey
  • 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 4 - Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road in New Port Richey
  • 10 a.m. to 11:39 a.m., Wednesday, April 5 - Ridgewood High School, 7650 Orchid Lake Road in New Port Richey
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m., Thursday, April 6 - Zephyrhills High School, 6335 12th St. in Zephyrhills
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Friday, April 7 - Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes;
  • 9:25 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Monday, April 10 - Pasco High School, 36850 State Road 52 in Dade City
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 - Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane in Land O’ Lakes

Why: Students will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to be Pasco County’s Future Entrepreneur.

How: Students from the business and entrepreneurship principles program will conceive an idea for a new business or social venture, test the idea by talking with potential customers and gather evidence to validate the viability of their business or social impact model. All participating students will learn to creatively develop ideas, as well as their unique talents and skills. Students will pitch their idea by submitting a written concept and presenting to a panel of judges. The competition is judged by a panel of business development and startup experts representing Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region. One student from each of the participating high schools will be selected to participate in the finals, where students will present in a traditional slideshow format to a live audience and panel of judges. Grand prizes will be awarded to the top three students — first place: $2,500; second place: $1,000; third place: $500. For more information, contact the Office for Career and Technical Education at (813) 794-2211.