Cape Cod students win entrepreneurship contest with business ideas


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

In a competition similar to TV’s “Shark Tank” — where entrepreneurs try to convince a panel of tycoons to invest in their idea — students recently pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges.

Emerging from the pack on June 14 were Nicholas Pouliot and Dominic Ford, who won prizes at a New England semi-final competition for young entrepreneurs. 

The competition was sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, a global nonprofit 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 in Boston on June 14, 2022. Pouliot will advance to 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 came up with plans for a biodegradable, reusable marker for teachers to use in classrooms.

The idea for “Pouliot’s Preservation” came to him after noticing how many markers teachers threw away. The marker would have a special cap and back design so the marker could 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. 

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