Teen startup business presentation night


Island nonprofit CEO Martha’s Vineyard (Creative Entrepreneur with Opportunities) is holding its first annual “Lobster Tank” event, the Vineyard’s version of the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” on Saturday, June 4, at 5 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. According to a press release, students in grades 9 through 12 were eligible to apply to be a Lobster Tank finalist for the ultimate pitch event. Students were then chosen to participate with a process that included completing a CEO business plan and participating in a public speaking workshop led by Island storyteller Susan Klein. Members of the CEO board and CEO Youth Committee have made themselves available as mentors for the teen finalists, for business planning assistance and consulting.

This pitch event will include onstage presentations of well-thought-out and realistic business ideas from the teen finalists. There will be a panel of judges who will decide first, second, and third place. Cash prizes will be awarded, along with a one-on-one business consultation from Johnny Cupcakes for the first-place winner.

CEO, formerly the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network, was formed with new leadership a little over a year ago to provide education, resources, and opportunities for women in business and to support and energize the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Cost for this event is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite on CEO’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ceomvinc or purchased at the door. Doors open at 4:30 pm, and event begins at 5 pm. For additional information, email India Rose at info@iamaceo.org.