Citadel freshman C.J. Walker admitted to some nervousness before he made his “elevator pitch” at the school’s Bulldog Business Bowl.
“It’s a little bit nerve-wracking,” the cadet from Charleston Collegiate School said. “But compared with being a knob in the barracks, it was fine.”
Walker pitched his business idea — repurposing the rain tarps of baseball teams into other products — to eight judges in the “elevator pitch” stage of The Citadel’s fourth annual Business Bowl in December.
His five-minute presentation was followed by 10 minutes of pointed questions from the judges, who whittled the field down from nine teams to five.
Those five teams will further develop their business plans before making more detailed presentations in April. The winning team will receive $10,000 in seed money for its start-up company, and the runner-up will receive $5,000. The Business Bowl is open to all Citadel students, whether cadets, day students, veteran students or the evening program.
“The grand prize is $10,000 to start your business,” said Shawn Smartwood, adjunct professor and director of internships at The Citadel’s Baker School of business. “But