GENEVA – Five entrepreneurial ideas have made it through to the finals of the Annual Panther Pitch competition which will take place Wednesday evening at the Geneva Community Center.
A new wave coffee shop, an ethnic understanding center and a local bike sharing service are among the ideas hatched by young Genevans for this competition.
Each of the five final groups will present their ideas before a panel of local business people starting with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center’s Pat Collins Black Box Theater at 160 Carter Road. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Entry is free. The event is being sponsored by Red Jacket Orchards and Community Proud Apparel.
This year’s pitches include:
Coffee Stain Café: A collaborative work space, small library and coffee shop conceived of by Alejandra Agosto-Perez and Georgedalize Lopez-Guevara.
Danceability: An integrated dance studio specializing in helping kids with special needs to be created by Ellie Aliperti and Ryann Shultz.
FLX Multicultural Center: A space committed to bridging the disconnect between various ethnic groups through the teacher of their respective cultures in order to unite the community presented by Fadly Kafrawi.
FLX Ride: A bike-sharing company whose goal is to provide transportation for the people of Geneva to be created by Natalie Berg-Pappert and Darby Bleakley
Market on the Move: A mobile farmers market that travels around providing direct access to fresh produce for Geneva neighborhoods as conceived by Kate Equinozzi and Lauren Schmit.
These finalists were judged to be among the best of ideas produced by students studying business and economics at Geneva High School. The students work with participants of Hobart and William Smith Colleges “Pitch Contest” in honing their presentations. Finalists receive commemorative T-shirts from Community Proud Apparel and cash prizes. Red Jacket Orchards provides thank you gifts for the evening’s judges.