Carr Cares Foundation Hosts “Pitch Flint: Young Entrepreneur Challenge 2019”

On June 14, 2019, the Carr Cares Foundation hosted the highly anticipated “Pitch Flint: Young Entrepreneur Challenge 2019” at the Ferris Wheel in downtown Flint, Michigan. In partnership with 100k ideas and the Community Foundation of Flint, the Carr Cares Foundation was able to put on its first inaugural student business pitch competition during Brandon Carr’s annual charity weekend. The competition featured six contestants between the ages of 12-15, whom competed for the opportunity to win as much as $5,000 of grant money to kickstart their business.

Each contestant had the chance to pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges and the local business community. The judges for the competition consisted of Brandon Carr, David Ollila, Phil Shaltz, and Timothy Johnson II. The judges asked tough questions and gave out invaluable advice to all of the participants. Inventor and entrepreneur, David Ollila, stood up from the judges table and announced that he would be donating his time to each student to help them with their business plan moving forward. This seemed like a common theme of the evening after an executive from Huntington Bank made an announcement that he wanted to donate startup money for those students who did not place in the top three, an effort that was then matched by Brandon Carr and the Community Foundation of Flint.

“It was such a great experience to see these young students stand up in front of an audience and pitch such great ideas! These students not only left the competition with startup money for their business, but also new contacts and priceless advice from some proven entrepreneurs from the Flint community. We definitely want to encourage our youth to dream big and we were able to showcase how special our youth can be when given the right platform” said Carr.