Six MCA teams are in the 2019 Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge! Support your fellow Cubs by watching their 60-second commercials! The videos with the most views by 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th will earn 5 bonus points to be added to their pitch's score at The Big Pitch on March 15!


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The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge is a program of Junior Achievement in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village. The competition teaches entrepreneurial thinking to students and fine tunes their business pitches before presenting the finalists at a culminating event during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

Students begin the process by learning about the elements of a business plan. They next develop an idea that will make a difference in their community or answer a need in the marketplace. Their completed business plans are submitted for the first round of judging and semi-finalists are chosen.

The semi-finalists are mentored by local entrepreneurs and community leaders for eight weeks during the intensive Junior Achievement Accelerator Workshop Series. The workshops provide a platform to not only inspire students to anticipate and solve problems but also develop entrepreneurial and management skills. With the mentor's guidance, the teams improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

Students pitch their products in the final round. The winner receives a continuing education award and moves on to the state competition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The winner's school also receives an award to help fund student activities.



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