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Young entrepreneurs participate in Shark Tank-style competition

Posted at 4:58 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 18:58:50-05

BOISE, Idaho — Junior and senior students from five rural high schools across the state competed Tuesday in Boise to see who could come up with the best idea for a start-up company.

The effort was organized by Trailhead Boise, which helps start-ups, and a $70,000 grant from the Key Bank Foundation.

Students pitched their business ideas to judges, almost like a Boise version of the hit show "Shark Tank."

Judges were looking for creativity, marketing campaigns, and potential revenue streams the start-ups could generate.

"It's been such a humbling and rewarding experience for me to work with every single one of these students and the growth that they've has respectively has blown me away. And it makes me want to grow this even bigger and challenge them even more because they can rise to that challenge," said Trailhead project manager Matthew Gilkerson.

The Murtaugh High School team won first place, and $7,500 in scholarship money. Westside High in Dayton came second, winning $5,000 in scholarship money.

The teams will be in another competition tomorrow to possibly win even more money.