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BUILDFest Pitch Challenge

BUILDFest Pitch Challenge

The BUILDFest Pitch Challenge celebrates the culmination of a year of hard work by our ninth-grade students, as well as the transformative power of entrepreneurship. The night begins with a Student Business Expo, during which student teams have the opportunity to showcase their businesses and to sell their unique products at a family-friendly reception. Following the Expo, four finalists compete in the Final Round of our Shark-Tank style competition, pitching their businesses in front of guests and a panel of special VIP judges to win cash prizes.

BUILDFest Pitch Challenge

We’ve transformed the BUILDFest gala into a fresh new event: the BUILDFest Pitch Challenge! Instead of sponsoring tables, supporters will sponsor our student business teams as they compete in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition in front of a panel of special VIP judges

Jerod Mayo
Deval Patrick
Jane Steinmetz
William Wagner
Jerod Mayo
New England Patriots (2008 – 2016)
and Vice President, Optum
Deval Patrick
71st Governor of MA
and Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact
Jane Steinmetz
Managing Principal, EY
William Wagner
CEO, LogMeIn
Sponsorship Information

Tuesday, June 6th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

Emcee: Steve DiFillippo, CEO of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Steve DiFillippo

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Dress: Business Attire


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Double Charge Wins the 2017 BPC

2017 BPC Highlights

At the 2017 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge, four ninth grade student business finalists competed in a Shark-Tank Style pitch in front of guests and notable guests judges, Deval Patrick, Jerod Mayo, Jane Steinmetz, and Bill Wagner. Out of the four teams – Roll n’ Go, Razzle Dazzle, Orphan Socks, and Double Charge – two students, Elvis and D’Ahman, took home the first place cash prize for their product Double Charge: a combination water bottle koozie and phone charger. The event raised $600,000 for BUILD’s four-year youth entrepreneurship program with over 600 attendees and 20 company sponsors.

What Happened Last Year? 
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Be Part of the Fun

You can help a BUILD student team receive the coaching, skills-based workshops, and increased confidence they need to win cash prizes and start-up funds required to launch their business. Join us as a sponsor to get a profile of your student business, email updates on your team’s progress, and opportunities to visit your team and help them prepare to compete. Sponsorships are open to individuals or whole companies.

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business expo

Help Us BUILD Futures

How do you provide under-served young people with the resources they need to succeed? At BUILD, we do it by helping our students start their own small businesses. As they reap the rewards – from keeping the profits to gaining self-confidence – they know there is a connection between hard work and success. Entrepreneurship is the hook, but college is the goal – 96% of BUILD seniors graduate on time, compared to 73% of low income seniors nationwide and 81% of all students nationwide.

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2017 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Sponsors

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors!