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The Illinois Institute of Art Partners with National Black Chamber of Commerce for Pass the Torch Young Entrepreneurs Competition

By: The Art Institutes

May 30, 2014

Students from The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg and The Illinois Institute of Art – Tinley Park will get a chance to pitch their business idea, “shark tank” style during this year’s “Pass the Torch” Young Entrepreneurs Competition to a panel of business professionals at the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s  (NBCC) National Conference in Chicago this July.

The competition is part of the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s goal of supporting young entrepreneurs and business leaders by providing valuable feedback and incentive for the development of today’s young entrepreneurs.  The opportunity encourages students from all three campuses to pitch their ideas and products to a panel of experts, investors and esteemed members of the NBCC for an opportunity to win cash prizes toward their businesses and mentorship. Pass the Torch provides a platform for an aspiring entrepreneur to obtain feedback and direction from business professionals and industry leaders. Interested students will submit their entries to the local campus where the finalists will be selected to present their idea/pitch during the conference session. The top three pitches will be selected to win $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively.

“The NBCC is about empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship; we are delighted to encourage our young people to get involved and form their own new businesses,” says Harry C. Alford, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

“We are honored to have been selected to work with the National Black Chamber of Commerce on this competition and are excited to see the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of our students,” says David Ray, president of The Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago.

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By: The Art Institutes

May 30, 2014