EntreEd hosted The ESTEAM Pitch Competition as part of the ARC-funded ESTEAM project. The ESTEAM project helps middle- and high-schools across the region infuse entrepreneurship education into core academic areas, with a focus on STEAM classrooms.


The ESTEAM Pitch Competition highlighted student innovation and invention from across our seven-state region to help fund their ideas and kickstart entrepreneurial thinking in communities across Appalachia.

Eligible teams included middle- and high-school students ages 14+ within the ESTEAM grant project region. 


Cash prizes were awarded to the top three finalists, regardless of team or individual submission. Teachers for the top three teams earned $1,000 for their classroom.


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65 teams

participated in Round 1

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14 teams

competed in Round 2

as finalists

1st Place 

2nd Place

Emilee Metcalf of Clinton High School in Anderson County, TN for Patch Works

Jonah Hardin, Trista Allison, Bria Haines, Elexus Graves, Trinity Mickens, Lyden Raxter, and Ciera Ward of Murphy High School in Cherokee County, North Carolina for Smart Syringe

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4 states

in Appalachia

were represented by finalists

3rd Place

Madison Blankenship, Emelyn Bumgarner, Emma Miller, and Andre Billie of Smokey Mountain Elementary in Jackson County, North Carolina for Nine Lives Phone Case