Cape Cod students win entrepreneurship contest with business ideas

BARNSTABLE — Young men and women can learn a great deal at Barnstable High School: how to solve an algebra issue, how to browse DNA code and how to make perception out of literary classics. Some students are even learning what it takes to get started a enterprise.  

In a competition similar to TV’s “Shark Tank” — where entrepreneurs try to influence a panel of tycoons to invest in their idea — pupils recently pitched their enterprise concepts to a panel of judges.

Rising from the pack on June 14 were being Nicholas Pouliot and Dominic Ford, who gained prizes at a New England semi-final competition for young business owners. 

The level of competition was sponsored by the Community for Training Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, a global nonprofit business that gives entrepreneurship training to middle and higher school pupils.

Barnstable High School students Nicholas Pouliot, left, and Dominic Ford won second and third place, respectively, in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Boston on June 14, 2022. Pouliot will advance to NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York this fall, where he will compete against students from across the country

What were being the Barnstable students’ tips?

Pouliot arrived up with plans for a biodegradable, reusable marker for academics to use in school rooms.

The strategy for “Pouliot’s Preservation” came to him right after noticing how numerous markers academics threw absent. The marker would have a distinctive cap and back again style so the marker could be refurbished, he explained. 

Pouliot received $1,000 and a opportunity to compete in a national NFTE competitors to be held in New York City in October.