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Humboldt County Office of Education: Be a Part of It! | INNOVATE Business Challenge

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2019 Innovate! Business Challenge

Finalist Abigail Ziesak answers questions from the judges after presenting her business idea at the INNOVATE! Business Challenge Finale on Thursday, May 30 at Sequoia Conference Center

Be a Part of It: Volunteer!

Our business community can inspire and support the next generation of business leaders and owners with an investment of your TIME! If you’re interested in investing 2-5 hours of your time, please read the list below of ways you can get involved below.

All coordination and materials are provided, all we need is your expertise and feedback. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible as your schedule allows!

To volunteer or learn more, contact Karen Brooks at kbrooks@hcoe.org or 707-445-7563.

To learn more about how the contest works, visit the Contest Info page.

Phase 1: SHARE YOUR STORY

November 12, 2019 to January 31, 2020
During the school day you can inspire students to discover and enter a business idea as a 60-90 second video pitch.

Phase 1: BE AN IDEA JUDGE

February 10-13, 2020
Review the student “elevator pitch” videos and score them to help select up to 50 semifinalists.

Phase 2: COACH IN A WORKSHOP

March 2 – April 2, 2020
Your expertise can help shape a student’s idea into a viable business concept.  There will be several workshops in March to coach on their idea development, marketing, their business and financial planning.  The students can take advantage of the coaches’ advice to help shape a winning idea!

Phase 2: BE AN ANSWER SET JUDGE

April 6-9, 2020
Review and score the students’ answer sets to select the top ten finalists.

Phase 3: BE A MENTOR

April 10 to May 7, 2020
Provide one-on-one coaching, as time allows, to help refine the Finalist’s concept and prepare them for the Finale.

Phase 3: BE A FINALE PRACTICE JUDGE

April 30 at HCOE from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Provide feedback and coaching on speech style, body language, and presentation elements, as well as overall strength of concept as the Finalists practice for their finale presentation.

Phase 3: BE A DESIGN REVIEW JUDGE

April 28 at HCOE from 2 TO 5:30 p.m.
Five “Design Review” finalists pitch their less-developed idea for feedback to further their concept and compete for cash and prizes.

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2020 Finale Dinner

Thursday, May 7
Sequoia Conference Center

Event Contact

Karen Brooks
707-445-7563 | kbrooks@hcoe.org
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