Special thanks to Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union for donating 4 decks each of our entrepreneur card game Million Dollar Idea to the business classes of seven area Guilford County Schools with a total of 28 decks donated.
Heather Pendrak, a local high school teacher, won first place in ReBuildUp, LLC’s “PitchPocalypse” 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.
Second 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’s “Startup 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.
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).
The 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.
Part 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.
Part 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:
The Saturday, April 11th, 2015 day long event at Elon University’s Downtown Greensboro campus featured undergrad college leaders from six area colleges going over issues facing Greensboro to provide their own fresh ideas. The annual Leadership Academy is part of Elon’s Leadership Fellows Program.
To qualify for the PitchPocalypse, Anika joined fellow preteens and teens in the ReBuildUp Course events playing a series of business mini-games that focused on economic fundamentals, idea development, and marketing tricks. Both events are part of ReBuildUp’s Startup Program that helps aspiring teen entrepreneurs test the waters of small business for a three to six month period with monetary, networking, accounting, and legal filing assistance.
As the winner, she will be receiving $300 towards launching her new company, one year membership to the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and six months of accounting help from Michael Robinson Accounting along with free legal help filing incorporation papers from Elon University Business Clinic.
PUBLIC (FREE REGISTRATION) EVENT – We’re happy to announce the next ReBuildUp Course (Economy, Jr., Million Dollar Idea, Pitch Drill, and Cashless Incubator) will be held at the Co//ab in Downtown Greensboro on Saturday, March 14th 1-5pm. The Co//ab (pronounced “Co-Lab”) is the new collaborative coworking space for Triad entrepreneurs.
This ReBuildUp Course sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting will also serve as the qualifying event for the March 15th, 2:30-5:00pm PitchPocalypse business plan pitching contest held the next day at the Greensboro Central Library also in Downtown Greensboro.
If you’re 13-19 years old or want to enroll your teen to participate in both events, fill out this form to reserve your spot:
Here are the pictures from the Saturday, February 21st ReBuildUp Course held at Central Library in Downtown Greensboro sponsored by Michael Robinson Accounting. Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing the location of the next ReBuildUp Course to be held also in Downtown Greensboro on Saturday, March 14th, 1-5pm the day before the rescheduled PitchPocalypse at Central Library on Sunday, March 15th, 2:30-5pm.
First up, Economy, Jr.
Time for cards with Million Dollar Idea.
The presentations begin with Pitch Drill.
It all comes together in the Cashless Incubator held at the end.
Today, March 1st, is ReBuildUp’s 1 Year Anniversary. In a year we’ve developed four great games played in over 37 events for over 500 participants. Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers who’ve helped get us this far.
Our goal for the coming year is to use our Startup Program to help launch first time entrepreneurs in a way that allows them to test drive the small business experience while minimizing their risks in the process.
Help us celebrate our Year 1 Birthday by telling an aspiring entrepreneur about our site!
ReBuildUp Course players, come out to Central Library on Sunday, March 15th, 2:30-5:00pm to compete in the PitchPocalypse business plan contest with up to seven other aspiring entrepreneurs for your shot at $300 towards launching your business, FREE company filing with the state courtesy of Elon University’s Business Clinic (excludes local and state filing fees), and Six months of accounting help courtesy of Michael Robinson Accounting, LLC.
This is the rescheduled PitchPocalypse business plan pitching contest originally planned for Thursday, February 26th which was postponed due to weather issues.
This event is made possible by Summit Credit Union.
Contestants will give their pitches to a panel of judges from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, UNCG’s NC Entrepreneurship Center, and Summit Credit Union.
For those who weren’t able to qualify for this contest at the February 21st ReBuildUp Course, we will be holding another one on Saturday, March 14th, 1:00-5:00pm at a soon to be announced location.