Metro Tech students learn from GCU entrepreneurs
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Metro Tech students learn from GCU entrepreneurs

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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Several Metro Tech students have been meeting weekly with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at Grand Canyon University to learn more about conceiving, planning, pitching and implementing a business concept.

The students pitched their business ideas to a real panel of investors  at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) Investor Panel Event at GCU, March 5.

 Nine Metro students pitched their businesses.  All of the businesses were funded to some degree, and Itzia Cordova and Evelyn Avina were the winners of the competition.   Their business was fully funded.  They designed underwear for individuals who have Crohn’s Disease.  They made a prototype of the product.

“One of the investors was a nurse and she loved the idea.  She told the girls she can connect them with senior homes, hospitals and hospices to sell the product,” teacher Debbie Cross said.

In addition, they will travel to Texas to compete in a second round of competitive presentations to an investor panel. 

The other Metro Tech students who competed were Joelidezeth Alvarez; Mayra Navarro; Alejandra Bocardo; David Flores; Victor Osario; Gerell Burris; and Isaias Corona.

“This is the first year of the program. I hope we continue to be as involved in the future as it is an excellent opportunity for our students to practice the skills we teach at Metro Tech,” Principal Kate McDonald said.