College receives MCF grant to offer Junior PioPitch program in spring

Marietta College recently received a grant for $1,375 from the Marietta Community Foundation to deliver a special session of PioPitch for Ely Chapman’s After School Middle School and Marietta High School students.

The Junior PioPitch is scheduled for 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday April 27. This event will take place in Thomas 124 on the campus of Marietta College, and it is open to the public.

The PioPitch program is a component of Marietta College’s Entrepreneurship Program. The PioPitch program objectives are:

  • To provide college and high school students an opportunity to engage in a conversation with established and aspiring local entrepreneurs in an informal and relaxed environment where they can find a source of inspiration and learn about the steps and challenges involved in turning ideas into actions.
  • To provide a venue for established and aspiring local entrepreneurs to present their ideas and receive real time feedback on how to start, expand, or improve their entrepreneurial activities.
  • To connect educators, experts, and other members of the Mid-Ohio Valley community with local entrepreneurs and students in order to exchange ideas on how to build a bridge between theory and practice and turn challenges into opportunities.

Since its inception in March 2015, the program has hosted more than 18 entrepreneurs, 30 discussants and more than 500 members of community. 

Marietta College’s Entrepreneurship students will work closely with Ely Chapman students in order to prepare them for their presentations. The high school students will work on their projects under the supervision of Kim Depue, MHS Career Teacher.

“I believe by giving high school students the opportunity to develop entrepreneur business plans and formally pitch them in a Junior PioPitch setting there is a twofold impact: Students are provided with support and resources to take an idea or a passion and learn the process of building this into a business plan; and they are able to build showmanship and confidence, explore new ideas, be innovative and embrace the entrepreneur mind,” Depue said.

Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani, the Director of Entrepreneurship Program at Marietta College is also excited about the program.

“This is not a competition,” Khorassani said. “We want everyone to participate in this program without worrying about winning or losing. The idea is to give the student projects (ideas) the attention they deserve in a non-threatening environment. We want to inspire students to tap into and use their creative minds.”

In collaboration with the Community Foundation, the following donors helped with the funding for this project:

General Unrestricted Donations, J. Francis and Lillian Strecker Smith Fund, Karl D. & Anna Schultheis Marsch Fund, Broughton-Sugden Fund, F. Buchanon, J.H. McCoy, H. Switzer & Mildren Fund, Betty Markell Hallock Memorial Fund, Ida P. Zimmer Memorial Fund, Barb & Jack Moberg Charitable Fund, Juhola Family Charitable Fund, Charles Hobbs Rhodes & Beulah Lee Rhodes Memorial Fund, Tony Popp Memorial Fund, Harold & Janet Cranston Charitable Fund, Norman J. Murray Family Charitable Fund, Virginia K. Mayle & Peter Polites Family Charitable Fund, Glen “Pete” and Jean Thorne Memorial Fund, Frank and Virginia “Ginny” Amrine Memorial Fund, Walter E. Patton Memorial Fund, Binkley Charitable Fund.