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San Diego Students to Compete at Junior Achievement’s Quick Pitch 2015 Competition on Thursday, March 5

March 09, 2015



March 5, 2015


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San Diego Students to Compete at Junior Achievement’s Quick Pitch 2015 Competition on Thursday, March 5

More than 160 students from various San Diego high schools get three minutes to pitch their business ideas, in hopes of getting capital funding from investors to launch their product or service


SAN DIEGO, Cali., (March 4, 2015) -- On Thursday, March 5, more than 160 high school students will pitch their business ideas in less than three minutes to entrepreneurial professionals from the PEERS Network at Junior Achievement of San Diego County’s Quick Pitch 2015 sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.


As part of the Quick Pitch 2015 competition, teen groups have two minutes to pitch their business idea and plan to a panel of judges, followed by a one minute rapid-fire Q&A. The students will be judged in five categories: ingenuity, marketability, clarity, outstanding individuals and market size.  The “best of the best,” will take home capital funding from a pool of $2000 to start their new business. 


“The Quick Pitch 2015 program is really just the beginning for these young entrepreneurs,” said Jacqui Pernicano, senior vice president and COO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “The hardwork starts the moment they walk away with the capital funding.”        


The teams with the best potential to launch a marketable business and ability to implement a strategic business plan take home capital funding from PEERS Network and JA.  With this money, the teams are responsible for creating and selling a product/service, marketing it to their classmates, family and neighbors, and carrying the responsibility of managing company finances. The teens then head to The Next Big Thing: Entrepreneur’s Showcase, sponsored by Cymer, Inc,  on May 6 at Ilumina’s Headquarters in Sorrento Valley.  The winners from the May event have a chance to complete nationally to be named Student Company of the Year.


Students participating in the high-pressure event are from High Tech International, Hilltop, La Jolla Country Day School, Clairemont, Junipero Serra, Canyon Crest, San Dieguito, Westview High Schools, and students from the JA Teen Ambassador program. 


Quick Pitch 2015 is a part of Junior Achievement’s Company Program.  The JA Company Program, a hallmark of Junior Achievement (JA), dating back to 1919, lets students start and manage their own businesses. By organizing and operating an actual business enterprise, students not only experience how business functions, but also learn financial responsibility, workforce readiness skills and entrepreneurship.


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PEERS Network was established in 2009 to bring entrepreneurs and executives from across a variety of industries together with a common goal: to give back. Today, our members include some of the most exceptional business and community leaders in the Southern California area. By leveraging our diverse spectrum of expertise, connections and resources, we work to improve the quality of life in our community by philanthropic engagement and hands-on involvement. PEERS Members strive also to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking by providing mentorship for one another and for community members.


Point Loma Nazarene University is known for being forward-thinking. At PLNU, academics, faith, and community are all vital. Students benefit from this balanced approach to education and leave PLNU prepared to think, act, and contribute to the world. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers throughout Southern Californian. It serves more than 3,500 students.  


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to impact 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms in the 2013-2014 school year. Junior Achievement’s volunteer-based programs teach kids how to get a job, start a business and how money works. For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, please visit