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Middlesex Community College students enrolled in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship class not only learned what it takes to think entrepreneurially but also got out of the classroom and actually did it. Teams of students launched seven businesses selling products that included t-shirts, bracelets, sunglasses, heart healthy coffee, foot cream, hats, and cell phone wire protectors.

Students pitched their businesses and presented commercials at the MCC Shark Tank competition in front of special guest judges: Lydia Blanchard, founder of Sweet Lydia’s in Lowell and Boston and Angela Mastrogiacomo, MCC Alum and owner of Muddy Paw Public Relations. Students then presented a donation of their profits to local organizations. 

Competition winners: Tom Muldoon, RJ Mendez, Jeanly Lara, Judge Angela Mastrogiacomo, Judge Lydia Blanchard, and Hannah Latham

Overall, the students earned $1,313 in profits that were donated to organizations. The winning Shark Tank team, LaBeL will donate $536 to Disabled American Veterans of Tewksbury.

Other donations include:
Heal Me Softly, $365 to D’Youville Senior Center
Bandzz & Shadezz, $97 to Lowell General Hospital Team Walk
Secure Shrink, $46 to Lowell Makes
Heart Heathy Coffee, $140 to Lowell General Hospital Team Walk
Local Culture, $90 to UTEC – Untied Teen Equality Center of Lowell

Local Culture group members, Jack Conlon, Bill Ross, and Gilberto Matos present a t-shirt and a check to UTEC, Untied Teen Equality Center of Lowell’s Dimitrios Booras. 

“This course is about providing students the space to try without a whole lot of risk. That trying turns into doing and my hope is that this experience will provide valuable new skills, lessons, and confidence to continue doing in the future,” said Professor Stacie Hargis. 

 

Jake Anzer, Patrick Fournier, David Hall from Lowell General Hospital accepts checks on behalf of TeamWalk for Cancer Care 2017, Christin Wistof, and Marlena Chau

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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 11:17 AM by MCC Blog Admin

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Ann Buskey said:

It was great watching the students share their business ideas and sell their ideas. It was nice purchasing a gift from some of the awesome MCC entrepreneurs!

# February 3, 2017 11:43 AM

Karen said:

I would be interested to know what the winning product was from Shark Tank team, LaBel.

I purchased several jars of foot cream from one of the teams and I thought it was very ambitious of them to present their product to the various departments on campus.  I then included the product in holiday gift-bags that I gave to my co-workers.  

# February 3, 2017 1:25 PM

Stacie Hargis said:

Hello Karen! LaBel's winning product were a few styles of bracelets. I'm so glad you enjoyed the products and included them in gifts!

# February 3, 2017 1:42 PM

randy nguyen said:

Congratulation to everyone that worked hard! Go Marlena Chau!

# February 3, 2017 11:55 PM

Rob Kaulfuss said:

Stacie, keep up the great work!

# February 5, 2017 7:01 PM

The IDEA Center said:

Interested in learning more? Check out the IDEA Center website!

# February 8, 2017 1:07 PM

Maranda Fahie said:

Congratulations everyone!

# February 9, 2017 3:30 PM

Ruth Clark said:

Congratulations to MCC for offering this opportunity; congratulations to Stacie Hargis for guiding and mentoring the students; and, congratulations to all who submitted products and to those students who were recognized as having achieved commercial success!

# February 15, 2017 8:54 AM
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