Cape Cod students win entrepreneurship contest with business ideas

BARNSTABLE — Younger people can discover a ton at Barnstable Large University: how to address an algebra issue, how to study DNA code and how to make feeling out of literary classics. Some learners are even finding out what it usually takes to start off a small business.  

In a competition similar to TV’s “Shark Tank” — where entrepreneurs try to convince a panel of tycoons to commit in their idea — students recently pitched their company suggestions to a panel of judges.

Emerging from the pack on June 14 have been Nicholas Pouliot and Dominic Ford, who won prizes at a New England semi-closing competitors for younger entrepreneurs. 

The competition was sponsored by the Network for Training Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, a world wide nonprofit group that offers entrepreneurship schooling to center and large university college students.

Barnstable High School students Nicholas Pouliot, left, and Dominic Ford won second and third place, respectively, in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Boston on June 14, 2022. Pouliot will advance to NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York this fall, where he will compete against students from across the country

What ended up the Barnstable students’ strategies?

Pouliot came up with options for a biodegradable, reusable marker for lecturers to use in school rooms.

The idea for “Pouliot’s Preservation” arrived to him after noticing how several markers academics threw absent. The marker would have a exclusive cap and again style so the marker could be refurbished, he said. 

Pouliot won $1,000 and a opportunity to compete in a nationwide NFTE level of competition to be held in New York Metropolis in October.