Students Pitch Business Ideas in the ‘Ark Tank’

FAYETTEVILLE — A group of Fayetteville students made their best business pitches to local executives Friday.

Seventh graders at The New School are participating in Ark Tank, which is similar to the concept of the TV show “Shark Tank.” The students present their ideas for an invention or business to the panel.

The panelist judges include the following:
Jennifer Ruscin, Partner & Vice President of Sales at Jupiter Sales and Marketing
Joey Nelson, CEO of BlkBoxLabs
Adam Kuettel, Partner at Argo Capital
Jeff Engelman, President of Launch Sales & Marketing
Matt Krauft, New School alumnus and Owner of NWA Video Tours
Brad Harvey, Founder and Head Nerd in Charge at Nerdies

“It’s hands-on learning, clearly, collaboration, problem solving, coming up with a business idea from beginning to end, pitching it to a group of businessmen and women that will then have a chance to decide which idea makes the most sense,” says President and Head of The New School Dennis Chapman.

The winning team’s idea will be used as the business in the Entrepreneurship elective beginning in August. The executives will continue to help the students into the fall, to try and make the idea come to life.

The Ark Tank project will also serve as the students’ junior high college and career credit.

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