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PitchPocalypse Winners at Ragsdale High School

On Friday, March 18th, the top four teams in Ragsdale High School’s Game Design class competed in ReBuildUp’s PitchPocalypse business plan pitching contest to finish up the Winter 2016 Startup Program sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting.

Team #2 took the top spot.

Team #3 came in 2nd place with a Billy Maze themed game.

Team #4 came in 3rd for their fashion app idea.

HPFS PitchPocalypse Winners sponsored by Grow Foundation For Ghana

Congratulations to the winners of the PitchPocalypse business plan pitching contest.   This event completes the 8 week Fall 2015 Startup Program at High Point Friends School sponsored by Grow Foundation For Ghana.   Special thanks to High Point Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Operating Officer Rachel Moss and Director of Communications Sarah Belle for serving as contest judges.

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

4th Place

5th Place

Student wins Ragsdale HS after school PitchPocalypse Contest


Congratulations to Drew for winning the PitchPocalypse business plan competition for his private game club concept.

The contest completes our after school pilot project featuring ReBuildUp’s Startup Program held from late October to mid-December 2015.

Special thanks to the program’s sponsor Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union.

May 2015 PitchPocalypse winner profiled in the News & Record

Congrats to Heather Pendrak with her 3D Scanning business whose  gone from winning 1st place at our May 2015 PitchPocalypse business plan contest to enrolling in the Triad Startup Lab and being profiled in the News & Record on July 27th as one of the promising up and coming entrepreneurs in Greensboro.

“Inside, Heather Pendrak of Jamestown demonstrated how she makes busts of everyday people using a 3-D scanner and one of the 3-D printers at The Forge. Not long after the Ragsdale High School teacher discovered the technique, she learned about the Triad Start-Up Lab and The Forge.”

Click here to read the full article

7/26: PitchPocalypse Contest sponsored by GMFCU

PP-Central-GSO-15-300PUBLIC (FREE) SPECTATOR EVENT – On Sunday, July 26th 2:30-5pm at Central Library, participants of Entrepreneur Summer events at Greensboro Library’s different branches will compete in the PitchPocalypse business plan contest to win cash and prizes towards launching their own startup.  This final event of the series is sponsored by Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union with organizing help from Shift.

MEDIA: PitchPocalypse Winner in the Jamestown News

First place winner of May 2015’s PitchPocalypse business plan contest, Heather Pendrack, was the subject of a full article in the Jamestown News for her 3D scanning startup Pendragon 3D Arts, LLC
Here’s an excerpt:

Technology is taking Heather Pendrak from 3D modeling with clay to creating 3D replicas with a computer. The Ragsdale game art and design teacher recently won first place in ReBuildUp, LLC’s PitchPocalypse business plan contest that will help her take her idea for a 3D scanning company, Pendragon 3D Arts, several steps closer to reality... ‘Winning the contest has created interest from students in starting a business.'”

Media-Jamestownnews-p3da-400Click here or the article image to read the full story in the Jamestown News about Pendragon 3D Arts.

STF Class of 8/15: Web Presence

Pendragon 3D Arts, LLC was the first place winner of May’s PitchPocalypse business plan contest for their 3D scanning startup.  They’ve now enrolled in our 3 month Startup Test Flight class that graduates in August after completing all the assigned projects.

The first project was to build their startup’s web presence.  Pendragon 3D Arts, LLC already had a website setup so the assignment was to build a blog and social media sites.

Take a minute and check out their blog and social sites to like, follow, share, and comment on the ones you like.






If you’re interested in joining the Startup Test Flight class, we will have another PitchPocalypse business plan contest for teens and adults with qualifying events this summer in Greensboro.
Details coming soon.

Pics: 5/16 ReBuildUp Course @ Central Library sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting

Pictures from the Saturday, May 16th ReBuildUp Course for adults at Central Library in Downtown Greensboro sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting.

Participants went on to compete in the PitchPocalypse held the next day also at Central Library.




5/17: Women entrepreneurs win PitchPocalypse sponsored by Summit Credit Union

PPMay1-WinnersHeather Pendrak, a local high school teacher, won first place in ReBuildUp, LLC’sPitchPocalypse” business plan contest held at Greensboro Central Library on Sunday, May 17th sponsored by Summit Credit Union.  Heather’s winning idea was for a 3D scanning company that scans finished goods for furniture market clients and others creating files that can easily be printed out using 3D printers.  The name of her new venture is Pendragon 3D Arts.

As the first place winner, she will be receiving $200 for her new company, one year membership to the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, three months of accounting help from Michael Robinson Accounting, LLC., and access to Elon’s Business Clinic.

PPMay2-PitchSecond place went to Destiny Riley, a rising Senior at UNCG, for her startup specializing in replacing toxic nail products with safer ones for area salons.  She won $100 along with Greensboro Chamber membership, three months of accounting help, and legal assistance from Elon’s Business Clinic.

Both entrepreneurs now move on to ReBuildUp’sStartup Test Flight” three month class to test out their business concepts in the real world.  Once completed, both become eligible for micro loans up to $5,000 each from the Greensboro Community Development Fund.

The next Greensboro ReBuildUp Course and PitchPocalypse is planned for late July again at Greensboro Central Library.

5/16: ReBuildUp Course (for Adults) @ Central Library sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting

Crest-RC-GSO-5-16-15-285PUBLIC (FREE) EVENT – On Saturday, May 16th, our ReBuildUp Course for adults will be held from 1-5pm at Greensboro Central Library in Downtown Greensboro.

For the first time, this event will be open to adults 18 and up although a small number of select teens will be allowed to participate (contact us for teen details).

RC-Logo-150The ReBuildUp Course is part one of our three part Startup Program developed to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn the basics and find out if they truly want to take the plunge into entrepreneurship BEFORE committing to business courses, expensive leases, and borrowing money.

PP-Logo-New-150Part two takes place the next day on Sunday 2:30-5:00pm (also at Central Library) with our PitchPocalypse business plan pitching contest with up to 8 contestants from our ReBuildUp Course competing for money towards their startup effort along with other prizes like Greensboro Chamber of Commerce membership for 1st and 2nd place and 3 months of accounting help from Michael Robinson Accounting for all three top winners.

STF-Logo-150Part three is our Startup Test Flight running for 3 months for winners and non-winners of the PitchPocalypse to use techniques learned during our ReBuildUp Course to test the startup waters on your own time to figure out what you want to do for a business.

Sign up here for this event: