Volunteer judges needed for student ‘Shark Tank’ competition

Starting in mid-March, YouthQuest students participating in YQ Biz will begin sharing their business plans in hopes of being one of 32 teams selected for the business expo in May.

Over the last few months, these “youthpreneurs” have been learning about creating business plans, developing prototypes and practicing their pitches, which they will deliver before a “Shark Tank”-style judging panel next month.

Last year, nearly 80 students from 15 schools participated in the first annual expo, which generated more than $5,000 in profits for the students. Click photo for a video recap.

Each panel will consist of three local professionals who will be given grade-specific rubrics to evaluate each business. After these evaluations are tallied, the two top-scoring businesses from each site will be awarded funding to move forward with their business plans and sell their products during the 2nd Annual YQ Biz Expo, to be held May 4 at the Flint Farmers’ Market.

Interested in showing your support? You can sign up to be a volunteer judge by sending your availability to Amy Watts (awatts@flintandgenesee.org) for the following dates:

  • Monday, March 11
  • Tuesday, March 12
  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 14
  • Monday, March 18
  • Tuesday, March 19
  • Wednesday, March 20
  • Monday, April 1

​Volunteer judges should plan to set aside about two hours for the experience, which will likely begin sometime between 4 to 6:30 p.m.

YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.