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January 21, 2017

Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge - Entries Now Being Accepted

Investors Bank Helping Seed Students' Dreams

Investors Bank is teaming up with the St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship to help seed the dreams of student entrepreneurs with up to $1,500 in the 2017 College-Wide Pitch Contest.

St. Francis College students can submit their entries online. All entries are due by February 17.

Four entrepreneurs will split more than $3,000 including a first place award of $1,500 and an audience favorite of $250.

Special thanks to Mark Noto, Senior Vice President at Investors Bank for his support. Noto has lectured at St. Francis Entrepreneur classes and provided valuable feedback to students.

"The Pitch Challenge gives our student entrepreneurs an opportunity to polish their business plans and pitches as well as earn some crucial start-up funds for their proposed businesses," said Eda Sanchez-Persampieri, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. "The cash prize will motivate some students but the most valuable reward is the feedback the students will get as they hone their ideas."

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In addition to supporting the Pitch Challenge, Investors Bank also funds the Investors Bank Community Service Scholarship which awards students who give back to the community through volunteer efforts.

Pitch Challenge semi-final rounds will be held during February and March and the Finalists will present their business plans on April 27 at 11:00am in the College's Founders Hall.

Judges on the panel will include, St. Francis faculty, business partners of the Center for Entrepreneurship and a representative from Investors Bank.

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St. Francis College's Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to stimulate and promote entrepreneurial activity in Brooklyn that leads to creation of sustainable socioeconomic value. The Center seeks to create synergistic partnerships with Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs by providing them with access to faculty experts through two channels: value-added programs of research and education that helps the entrepreneur bridge the knowledge gap and providing entrepreneurs with a toolbox of resources through the Center's Open Virtual Incubator. The Center seeks to create socially responsible and robust entrepreneurial activity with its Brooklyn-based business partners.

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St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in

Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide

an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.


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180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY11201

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