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Pitch Your Idea in 90 Seconds contest held Oct. 8

BOONE—Students who are aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their best business, non-profit or socially minded endeavors to a panel of judges Oct. 8 in Raley Hall at Appalachian State University.

The Pitch Your Idea in 90 Seconds competition is part of the  9th Annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit. The competition is hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business. The contest is open to all Appalachian students.

The sponsor of this year’s contest, 3tailer, was started in 2006 by Appalachian graduates Jon West and Chad Ledford after winning the 2005 Pitch Your Idea contest. West and Ledford used the $1,000 award to grow 3tailer from its initial $1,000 investment ($500 apiece) to an expected $10 million in revenues this year. 3tailer has also been recently selected as one of 25 companies in the inaugural class of “North Carolina Companies to Watch.” The designation comes from CED, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in North Carolina.

The deadline for students to submit their idea(s) is Sept. 13.  The best 20 ideas will be selected and contest participants will be notified by Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Each of those 20 students will make their 90-second pitch on Friday, Oct. 8, to a panel of entrepreneurs who will then vote on the best idea. The winner will receive $1,000.  Other monetary prizes include $500 for second place, $250 for third, and a $250 award for the best presentation.

Students can submit their ideas online at

For more information, visit or contact Julia Rowland in the Center for Entrepreneurship at 828-262-8325 or