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The Lookout | April 13, 2021

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Dive into Star Tank; win cash prizes

Dive into Star Tank; win cash prizes

By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief

Several student entrepreneurs are gearing up to take a dive into the LCC Star Tank for a chance to win $1,000.

The event, which is hosted by the LCC American Marketing Association, is an opportunity for students to present their business pitch to a panel of professionals. Each student’s five-minute presentation will be judged, and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers.

The event will be held Wednesday, April 3 in the west campus auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students interested in participating have until Friday, March 22 to register.

Bill Motz, adviser of the LCC AMA, said participating in the event is a good opportunity for students to practice their public speaking skills. The chance to network with business professionals and win some money is also a plus, he said.

“The Star Tank starts them on their real business ventures in some ways, because most businesses will need money,” Motz said. “So unless you’re independently wealthy, you’re going to need some assistance along the way. This is a good opportunity to get free money as opposed to taking out a loan, which most business will have to do.”

LCC student John Manney, 19, won the event last spring. He said his business, Artic Coast Apparel, has been thriving ever since. Part of his winnings were put toward launching a website, which now allows him to ship orders across the country.

“Things have been taking off,” Manney said. “It’s a lot better compared to where we were at when I was in the competition and we just had a prototype, basically. It’s definitely doing a lot better and I’ve been improving since then.”

Manney offered some advice to students entering the Star Tank this year.
“Just come prepared and know everything and anything about your business that could potentially be asked from the crowd,” Manney said. “I would say just be honest and speak from your heart. … Everybody is going to buy into you if you have the passion with your idea.”

For more information, or to register, contact Bill Motz at (517) 483-1540 or