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Video business pitch competition open through November 12 for northeast Ohio K–8 students

2017 winners of the Selling Bee contest.

Selling Bee contest is now open!  This video business idea pitch contest for students in grades K–8th in northeast Ohio is a program of Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School.  Contestants formulate an idea for a business, develop a pitch and perform the pitch in a 30-45 second video.  Students compete on one of two age tracks, K-4th grade or 5th-8th grade.  Entries are accepted at through November 12 at midnight.  Ten contest winners will win a prize package including a Fire 7 tablet with Alexa, thanks to Best Buy.

Business ideas may include lemonade stands, dog walking, sports coaching, jewelry making, babysitting and other age appropriate businesses.

A panel of judges from the business and education communities will select 40 finalist videos to showcase on starting December 5.  The finalists will win a McDonald’s gift card, Graeter’s ice cream, an entrepreneurship workbook and a Selling Bee sticker.  The public will be invited to vote for their favorite contestant, December 5 through December 9.

Ten winners, chosen by judges and public voting will receive a Fire 7 tablet with Alexa, Great Lakes Science Center passes, $20 cash, a trophy and gift bag with items from Cleveland State’s Monte Ahuja College of Business, Microsoft, and Fuel Up to Play 60.

Selling Bee free workshops are available to student groups in underserved communities throughout northeast Ohio.  To learn more about how to support this effort, call Wendy Wercion at 440-339-1885.

Sponsors include Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Nordson Corporation, University School, Best Buy, Great Lakes Science Center, Graeter’s Ice Cream and McDonald’s.  For complete contest details, visit

About Young Entrepreneur Institute
Selling Bee is a Young Entrepreneur Institute program. With activities ranging from classes to competitions, apprenticeships to guest speakers, Young Entrepreneur Institute reaches students in grades K–12 and through a wide variety of institutions.  In addition to a robust suite of activities for University School students, they support the broader youth entrepreneurship ecosystem with community-wide programs for kids and educators.

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