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Monday, January 24, 2022

‘Shark Tank’ style competition being held for Marion County high school students

Marion County high school students will be pitching their ideas for a new business during an upcoming ‘Shark Tank’ style competition.

The 8th Annual Marion County Youth Business Plan Competition kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13 at the Raney’s Inc. auditorium located at 3030 W Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala.

The competition is open to current 9th-12th grade students in Marion County. Students can apply as an individual or as part of a team with a maximum of five members.

Public, private, and home-schooled students are encouraged to apply. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 30 at 5 p.m.

Once all applications have been received, a panel of judges will meet, evaluate those applications, and five finalists will be invited to present their business pitch during the December 13 event.

The business concept can be based around a product or service that is capable of being launched in Marion County.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. First place receives $8,000, a team trophy, a one-year entrepreneur-level partnership with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, and a feature in CEP Network Magazine.

Second place receives $4,000 and a team trophy, and third place receives $3,000 along with a team trophy.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership website.