Fostering Young Entrepreneurs: A Recap of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts’ Local Pitch Competition

August 8, 2023 5:12 pm | Events

Fostering Young Entrepreneurs: A Recap of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts’ Local Pitch Competition

Empowering the entrepreneurial spirit in the youth of Southern Massachusetts took center stage at the recent Junior Achievement Local Pitch Competition. The event showcased the innovative ideas and exceptional talents of students from New Bedford High School, Taunton Alternative High School, Taunton High School, and Durfee High School. Held at the prestigious Umass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business, this competition provided a platform for young minds to pitch their business ideas to a panel of esteemed local professionals. The event was not only a testament to the student’s creativity and potential but also a celebration of unwavering support from major sponsors like Bristol County Savings Bank, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, BayCoast Bank, and more.

A Stage for Young Visionaries:

The Local Pitch Competition was a culmination of weeks of hard work, ideation, and preparation by the participating students. Each team brought forth a unique business concept, demonstrating a depth of understanding that belied their age. From car detailing services, knitting products and socially conscious ventures, the array of ideas reflected the diverse aspirations of these budding entrepreneurs.

A Vibrant Atmosphere of Support:

The event was not only a showcase of youthful ingenuity but also a testament to the unyielding support of the community. The audience, composed of students, teachers, mentors, and local business leaders, breathed life into the competition with their enthusiastic cheers and applause. This atmosphere of encouragement fostered a sense of accomplishment among the students, reinforcing the idea that their ideas have the potential to shape the business landscape.

Honoring Our Valued Sponsors:

None of this would have been possible without the substantial support of our major sponsors. Bristol County Savings Bank, with its dedication to fostering local growth and development, played a pivotal role in making this event a reality. The Carney Family Charitable Foundation, BayCoast Bank, SouthCoast Community Foundation Senator Rodrigues Community Empowerment Fund, Polaroid Fun, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, and HarborOne Bank all added their considerable support to this initiative. Their belief in the potential of these young minds and their commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship served as the cornerstone of the competition’s success.

Inspirational Future Ahead:

The Local Pitch Competition was more than just a competition; it was an invaluable learning experience for the students. The process of ideation, refining ideas, and articulating them succinctly to a panel of experts has honed skills that will undoubtedly serve them well in their future pursuits, whether they venture into entrepreneurship or any other field.


The Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts‘ Local Pitch Competition was a resounding success, igniting the entrepreneurial spirit of the region’s youth and solidifying the commitment of sponsors and the community toward their growth. As we reflect on the brilliance showcased during the event, we’re reminded that with the right guidance and support, these young minds have the potential to shape the future of business and innovation. The competition stands as a beacon of hope and aspiration for generations to come.

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