Students compete in Perfect Pitch competition

Grove City College students recently took first and second place at the Perfect Pitch competition at Westminster College. 

Elisabeth O’Brien ’16, an entrepreneurship major from Bogota, N.J., received a first place prize of $1,000 for “Future Investment,” a personal finance learning platform for teens. Benjamin Marasco ’16, a finance major from Washington, Pa., received the second place prize of $750 for his presentation, entitled “Transform Furniture,” a company that would provide unique furniture for small-space living.

“The field included students from five colleges and universities at the Perfect Pitch Competition. We are incredibly proud of all of the students who pitched and are excited to be an integral part of an event that brings students from regional colleges together to network and to participate in a friendly competition," said Yvonne English ’97, executive director of the College’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and guest lecturer of Entrepreneurship.

The Perfect Pitch competition, hosted by Westminster College’s Department of Economics and Business, is open to any undergraduate college student in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Students must pitch a new and original business idea in three minutes or less without the use of any technology or props/prototypes.

Grove City students competed alongside others from Allegheny College, Penn State Shenango, Westminster College and Youngstown State University. In addition to O’Brien and Marasco, Grove City had ten other students enter the competition: Benjamin Che ’16, Andrew Claffey ’17, Bryan Denny ’17, Connor Grieb ’18, Grace Hovis ’19, Sam Kibler ’19, Karolina Lagerquist ’16, Erin Sixt ’19, Stephen Weaver ’19, and Hannah Vaccaro ‘18.

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