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Cape Cod students win entrepreneurship competition with business ideas

BARNSTABLE — Young people can learn a lot at Barnstable High School: how to solve an algebraic problem, how to read DNA codes, and how to make sense of literary classics. Some students even learn what it takes to start a business.

In a competition similar to television’s “Shark Tank” – in which entrepreneurs try to convince a group of tycoons to invest in their idea – students recently pitched their business ideas to a jury.

Emerging from the pack on June 14 were Nicholas Pouliot and Dominic Ford, winners of awards at a New England semifinalist competition for young entrepreneurs.

The competition was sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, a global non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurship education to middle and high school students.

Barnstable High School students Nicholas Pouliot, left, and Dominic Ford won second and third place respectively in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on June 14, 2022 in Boston.  Pouliot will advance to the NFTE's National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York this fall, where he will compete against students from across the country

What were the Barnstable students’ ideas?

Pouliot developed plans for a biodegradable, reusable marker that teachers could use in classrooms.

He came up with the idea for Pouliot’s Preservation after noticing how many pens were thrown away by teachers. The marker would have a special cap and spine design to allow the marker to be refurbished, he said.

Pouliot won $1,000 and a chance to compete in a national NFTE competition to be held in New York City in October.