Werth Center

First Annual CT State Elevator Pitch Competition

The Werth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted its first annual CT State Elevator Pitch Competition and gave out nearly $23,000 in grant awards.

Students across the CT State community college system were invited to submit their 60 second business pitches to a panel of industry professionals. These blind judges invited 22 finalists to compete on December 1st for the final round, and the top 5 students were chosen as the winners.

First Place

First Place

Aileen Taveras: Shape your Bod LLC

Aileen Taveras, representing Capital Community College and her business ‘Shape your Bod, LLC’ provides shapewear to women to increase their confidence, and slim their figure. 

Second Place

Second Place

Sean Ferris and Max Micinilio: Paddington Landscaping

This team of two Housatonic Community college students, Sean Ferris and Max Micinilio, won 2nd place for their business ‘Paddington Landscaping.’ Using all electric equipment, their mission is to provide affordable landscaping for their community while also remaining conscious of their environmental impact.

Third Place

Third Place

Emily Eschweiler: Capture a Moment 

‘Capture a Moment’ takes a memory and turns it into a hand painted masterpiece and earned Gateway Community College Student Emily Eschweiler 3rd place in our competition. 

Fourth Place

Fourth Place

Castor Alaba: CastorMagic

Housatonic Community College student Castor Alaba won fourth place with his business ‘CastorMagic,’ where he sells his crochet creations, crochet kits and offers commission orders. 

Fifth Place

Fifth Place

Ligia D’Angelo: Waves and Sand 

During the pandemic, Ligia D’Angelo from Housatonic Community College picked up a new side hobby of collecting sea glass and turning it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Ligia plans to use her business, ‘Waves and Sand’ to teach people about the effects of trash and pollution in our environment and encourage and inspire others to make a difference. 

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A special congratulations to all 22 finalists who were selected to present on December 1st!


Pop-Up Showcase 2022

Thank you for supporting the Werth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

My City Initiative LLC

My City Initiative LLC

Fashion Design and Commissions
Ari Serrano, Community Member
Managed by Netta Nicole, HCC Alumna
www.ariserrano.com

My City Initiative LLC 2

My City Initiative LLC

EXP: Skin

EXP: Skin

Skincare
Christopher Rosario, HCC Student
www.myskincareexp.com

Best Table Display

EXP: Skin 2

EXP: Skin

Jvince

Jvince

Custom Shoe Art
Jose Villafane, Gateway Student

Crowd Favorite

Jvince 2

Jvince

Maybelline’s Cleaning

Maybelline’s Cleaning

Residential Cleaning Service
Maybelline Miranda, HCC

Best Business Concept

Dreaming Arc Studios

Dreaming Arc Studios

Custom Art on Clothing
Taylor Bryson, HCC

Best Table Display

Dreaming Arc Studios 2

Dreaming Arc Studios


Student Entrepreneur Gallery

Students showcase their business in a Pop-Up event and can be featured in the Entrepreneur Gallery at the Center.

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Alethea Kavarnos
Alethea and Rafael meet new students
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Castor and Jessica get designing
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Jackie and Castor work on business cards
Lewin recieved grant award
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Rafael finishes logo
Shia Stewart
Shia and Tajay recieve start-up grant
Silk Screen Press
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Student Store
Student store at the farmers market
Tajay Kelly
Tajay and Donavan at new student welcome
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Tajays model walks in HCC fashion show
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Achieving the Dream
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