There might not have been million-dollar business deals at stake, but for students in Maggie Heck’s Entrepreneurship class, the mock “Shark Tank” event for their semester final carried plenty of excitement.

Students worked throughout the semester to develop a product or service that solved an unmet need, writing business plans, studying target markets and preparing a pitch for the “Sharks,” local business people who volunteered to evaluate student pitches. They then "invested" in the business and came up with ways they could improve the products or services, Heck said.

“This real-world experience provided students with the opportunity to be more college- and career- ready while having fun,” she said in an email to the Hub.

The class, which covers business careers, is available for freshmen through seniors and will be renamed “Principles of Business” next year, Heck said.

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