OU Students Pitch Ideas In "Shark Tank Experience"

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WOUB Contributing Writer

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Updated Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:03 am

Imagine having just three minutes to convince a panel of business experts that your entrepreneurial idea has what it takes to succeed in the real world.

That's exactly what several Ohio University students did during the Feb. 28 event "From Paper to Reality: Pitch Your Proposal - A Shark Tank Experience."

The event was part of College of Fine Arts guest lecturer Meredith Pizzi's visit to Ohio University.

Pizzi, who owns Roman Music Therapy, encourages artists to think and plan for their futures with the eye of an entrepreneur. The Shark Tank Experience was modeled after a popular ABC Television show Shark Tank, where business hopefuls present their concepts to a panel of potential investors.

No funding was provided for the OU students who presented, but they came away rich with professional feedback and advice on how to pursue their ideas.

Pizzi was hosted by The School of Music in collaboration with Arts for Ohio, the School of Dance, Film and Theater, The College of Fine Arts, as well as the American Music Therapy Association of Students and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Students presented fictional or real business proposals for a panel of faculty and staff during the Shark Tank Experience event in Putnam Hall on Feb. 28.

Ohio University faculty and staff along with guest, Meredith Pizzi, judge and offered feedback to students who practiced presenting business proposals.

TechGROWTH Ohio Associate Director Faith Knutsen (left), Ohio University Innovation Center Director Jennifer Simon (center), and Meredith Pizzi, right, judge and offer feedback to students who present their business proposals.

Meredith Pizzi had the entire room at the Shark Tank Experience hold power poses to gain confidence before giving their business presentations.

Meredith Pizzi, left, sings the Bob Marley classic, "Three Little Birds (Don't Worry)" along with a room full of students about to practice pitching business ideas.

Photos by Elizabeth Held

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