Mead Elementary students test business proposals at mock 'Shark Tank' lesson

Budding entrepreneurs wrung their hands, went over their market research one more time, then made their business pitch to a panel of discerning financial sharks Thursday afternoon.

Then, they took a break for recess.

Natalie Wilson's fourth-grade class at Mead Elementary held a mock pitchathon styled after the popular ABC show "Shark Tank" in order to refine the students' research, finance and public-speaking skills. The class prepared an imaginary business idea, did market research and analyzed manufacturing costs and profit margins before they made their pitches to the panel of sharks.

The panel included Jack Bonneau, the 12-year-old founder and CEO of Jack's Stands & Marketplaces from Broomfield. Via Jack's Stands & Marketplaces, Bonneau operates his own lemonade stands, teaches other children the beverage business and gives them an opportunity to sell their own wares.

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