Finalists announced for Lt. Gov.’s high school business pitch competition

THE FIVE FINALIST teams for the Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge were announced Tuesday.
THE FIVE FINALIST teams for the Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge were announced Tuesday.

PROVIDENCE – The five finalists for 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge business pitch competition for high school students were announced by Lt. Gov. Dan Mckee Friday.

The finalist teams will pitch to a panel of judges on May 18 at the New England Institute of Technology and compete for $12,000 in scholarships.

The finalist teams are:

  • Providence Detailing: Alejandro Martinez and Laila Martin, The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center
  • BrickLay: by Thomas Jefferson, La Salle Academy
  • Climate Cuff: by Jack Holmgren, Rob Ayers and Cole Batista, East Greenwich High School
  • Digi-Sticker: by Alfred Timperley, East Greenwich High School
  • Twin Skin: by Kate and Kristianna Lapierre, North Smithfield High School

Judges will include Carlos Ventura, CEO of Feast and Fettle, Audrey Finocchiaro, co-founder of the Nitro Cart and Christine DiBiase, corporate estate attorney at Orson and Brusini.

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“Our competition challenges students to create, innovate and think seriously about pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams here in Rhode Island. For the second year in a row, students accepted that challenge and blew us away with their thoughtfulness and passion for business,” stated McKee. “I want to thank all of our applicants for their bold ideas. Best of luck to our finalists.”