Get ready to 𝑾𝑨𝑻𝑪𝑯 𝑻𝑯𝑬𝑴 𝑷𝑰𝑻𝑪𝑯!

Our 26 young entrepreneurs have been hard at work developing their individual business ventures throughout the school year. These businesses will be launched by our annual Trade Show on Sunday, April 28th (stay tuned for more on that soon...)!
To help prepare them for their launch, students have crafted pitch decks to present to our talented panel of local judges for review.
𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: Friday, April 5th, 2024
𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 7:00am – 11:00am
𝐋𝐎𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: The Outlet Event Center
𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐆𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐔𝐃𝐆𝐄𝐒:
• Adam Walters – President, Bloxbyte Games & CEO ALUMNI (Class of 2019)
• Jo Ann May – Director SIUE SBDC
• Jennifer Hughey - CEO Goshen Coffee Company
• Matt McSparin – President/CEO/Owner of Edison's Entertainment Complex
• Matt Pfund - Owner Pfund Construction
• Senator Jason Plummer – IL State Senator and VP of R.P. Lumber Company
• Steve Cooper – Division President – First Mid Bank & Trust
A special SHOUTOUT to Doug Villhard, Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, for guiding our students throughout the year and teaching them the art of discovering a customer problem, developing a loveable solution, how to differentiate from the competition, learn to seek out feedback and so much more. His expertise on developing their business venture and learning how to create a pitch is incredibly generous and impactful.
Prizes are proudly sponsored by the SIUE School of Business & SIUE SBDC (THANK YOU!):
💰 1st place: $300
💰 2nd place: $200
💰 3rd place: $100
This event will be open to the public, however, space is limited. If you would like to attend, please submit the form listed above.
All questions can be directed to Program Director, Hannah Allison ( | 618.610.9714).