Fifty dollars in startup funds will help some young Charlottesville entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.
Thirteen middle and high school students from the Computers4Kids (C4K) "Start Your Own Business" Camp pitched their ideas to a panel of judges Tuesday to earn that seed money.
Their business plans ranged from dog-sitting and baking to lawn care services for seniors. The kids worked with business owners to develop their plans during the week-long camp.
“We hope they take away learning to do research and learn more about themselves and figure out how they can channel the talents they have into a business that can help them financially. And also learning the skills it takes to make a presentation. For a lot of these students, this is the first time they've gotten in front of a crowd,” said Kala Somerville, executive director of C4K.
This is the second year of the competition. C4K organizers say some of the student businesses that started out of last year's camp are still going strong.