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Students compete in their own version of ‘Shark Tank’

From staff reports

More than 1,600 students from 430 schools across the country descended upon Pasadena on Tuesday to compete in a version of “Shark Tank.”

The students, who run virtual businesses from their classrooms, hoped to prove they have the best business plan during Virtual Enterprises’ Los Angeles Regional Conference and Exhibition at he Pasadena Convention Center. Virtual Enterprises is a national educational nonprofit that annually provides more than 15,000 students with the opportunity to create and run virtual business ventures.

Dressed in professional attire, the students created exhibition booths to display their products and services and made sales transactions using point-of-sales systems on mobile devices.

Jade Mullin, 18, from South Pasadena High School, pitches his team’s business, iKomo, during Virtual Enterprises’ Los Angeles Regional Conference and Exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center on Tuesday. Virtual Enterprises is a national educational nonprofit.

PHOTOS BY TREVOR STAMP

ABOVE: Madison Abundo, 17, from South Pasadena High School, pitches her team’s business, iKomo, during the conference.

LEFT: Blake Schoner, 15, from Millikan High School in Long Beach, tosses a candy into a glass as Alicia Nguyen, 17, from Garden Grove High School, pitches him on her team’s business, The Party Atlas.

Ashley Liu, center left, receives the first-place award on behalf of University High School in Irvine for the “Financial Statements” category.

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