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Business Pitch Competition and Graduation at the Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm CST


Join Defy Ventures as a judge in our “Shark Tank” style competition at the Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center. You will help Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) obtain the necessary feedback to refine their business ideas. Business pitch competitions and graduations are the culminating events for EITs as they complete Defy’s rigorous CEO YNL program. During these events, EITs present their business ideas in several rounds of a Shark Tank-style competition to panels of volunteer judges. Judges ask clarifying questions, provide feedback to strengthen the business concepts and pitches, and evaluate the overall presentations with their fellow judges to select competition winners. The event also includes icebreakers and empathy-building exercises designed to create an inclusive and accepting community. At the end of the day, five winning pitches are selected from the group in an awards ceremony, followed by a cap and gown graduation ceremony in which EITs are awarded a Certificate of Entrepreneurship issued by the Drucker School of Management.


Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center
2021 Kentville Rd
Kewanee, IL 61443 United States
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