In ‘Shark Tank’ style, Kempsville students to pitch business plans to all-star judges including Youngkin and a music producer – The Virginian-Pilot


Virginia Beach — Five teams of young entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a host of experts including Gov. Glenn Youngkin and music producer Chad Hugo during the upcoming INCubatoredu Pitch Night.

The students, all enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School, were selected to participate in the “Shark Tank”-style event May 10. Hosted by hotelier and developer Bruce Thompson, CEO of Gold Key/PHR in Virginia Beach, the event is in its fourth year.

Ashley Houchins Smith, entrepreneurship and business academy teacher, said the sophomore students entered the class in September and formed 14 teams within weeks before spending the remainder of the school year developing their businesses under the guidance of mentors.

The teams were narrowed down to the strongest five: Orcasunn, an environmentally-friendly organic sunscreen; Wavlength, a community-based crowdfunding music platform; Refill, an eco-friendly…

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