The Rowan IDEA Center Next Big Idea Contest

The Rowan IDEA Center hosted two pitch contests on May 5, 2018: South Rowan’s 5 Minutes Tops/Young Entrepreneurship Showcase and a community event, the Next Big Idea. We were very pleased with the results and are following up with the winners to help move their ideas forward. We have learned a lot from these events and will be meeting with the Rowan-Salisbury School System to begin planning for the county-wide Young Entrepreneurship Showcase for the 2018-2019 academic year.

What’s the Big IDEA: Local students, residents make business pitches during contest

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By Shavonne Walker

In 2017, Nicholas Corriveau ran into a problem many people have after they accidentally crack the glass of their cell phones — he tried to figure out how to fix it himself.

Corriveau, a 15-year-old freshman at South Rowan High, went beyond a simple check of YouTube on how to make the repairs. He took a class at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and turned his self-repairs into a bona fide business.

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Next Big Idea Pitch Contest will give entrepreneurs chance to prove themselves

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By Jessica Coates

Mikey Wetzel said the Next Big Idea Pitch Contest is shaping up to be “a big deal.”

“We are very excited about it,” Wetzel said in an email.

The contest, which will be held May 5 at the Rowan IDEA Center in the former Salisbury Mall, will encompass two “Shark Tank”-style competitions. One will involve high school students, and one will involve Rowan County residents at large.

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