The popular ABC show Shark Tank was the inspiration for a day of learning at DC Everest Junior High School.
Eight local business leaders got to judge 14 eighth graders as they pitched their business plans.
"It was really cool, it was a really cool experience," said student Laney Hughes.
The aspiring future business owners pitched ideas ranging from making sports equipment to selling night crawlers.Business teacher Jim Dahlgren designed Shark Tank Day.
"We've always done a business project," said Dahlgren "A business plan in our 8th grade business class but this year I wanted to make it more realistic."
Dahlgren got more than $1,000 donated for students to pursue their ideas.
"One of the things that gets in the way of starting a business is that start up money," said Dahlgren.
Dahlgren thought it was important to challenge the students by having them get in front of experts in business.
"They're nervous and I think that's really good because it forces them to revise their business plan and website really get all of their ducks in a row," said Dahlgren.
Students appreciated the teacher's idea.
"It's cool how Mr. Dahlgren worked really hard to get actual investors in there," said Hughes.
Next year he hopes to grow the program throwing more students into the shark tank.
"It doesn't matter if you're an A, B, or C student, if you have a good idea and you're passionate that's what entrepreneurship is all about," said Dahlgren.
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