Young entrepreneurs at R-5 High School pitch business ideas

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Young entrepreneurs at R-5 High School pitched their business ideas Monday in front of a crowd of sharks, well, business sharks.

More than 35 students competed for a panel of business owners from around Grand Junction.

Alpine Bank donated $850 to the school that the top three winners will use to actually start their companies.

Students have been working on their pitches for 20 days, with ideas varying from custom-made guitars to burrito's for breakfast, but it was a tye dye shirt company that won 1st place.

"It’s immensely beneficial, I mean it will help me out so much I wouldn't have been able to start it without this startup of $500,” said R-5 Shark Tank winner Autumn Green.

"We presented to the classmates so that we would have enough confidence in speaking in front of all the people,” said Senior at R-5 High School Renaldo Gustamantes.

"I'm probably actually going to start the business,” said Sophomore at R-5 High School Jax Blankenship.

First place winner Autumn Green said she has always wanted to start her company since she was ten years old. Now she has enough money to make her dreams a reality.

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