Teens learn business through BUILD competition

A number of local business leaders gathered at the Omni Parker House on Saturday, there to assess student projects as volunteer judges of the fifth annual BUILD Business Plan Competition. The BUILD program, which works in partnership with public schools — including five in Boston — in a number of cities, is intended to engage low-income high school students with entrepreneurship in order to foster college and career success. More than 100 freshman students, on 22 teams, pitched real-life business plans in this year’s “Shark Tank”-like competition, which was preceded by a student business expo across the street at the Carrie Nation restaurant. Among the 45 judges were Boston Business Journal publisher Carolyn Jones, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jim Rooney, Catalyst Ventures president Daryl Settles, Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung, and El Mundo publisher Alberto Vasallo.

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