Young entrepreneur competes in national event

James Stucky

A Grand Valley student who launched a business to offer protective outdoor gear for children was among the semifinalists who pitched their ventures in a national competition.

James Stucky, chief executive officer of Bulldog Protective Gear, vied against nine other semifinalists, but didn’t advance to the finals of the Saunders Scholars National Competition.

Stucky, a seventh-grader at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, qualified for the competition by winning a local event in which students enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy pitched their ventures to a panel of investors. Stucky also received $2,000 in funding for his startup.

Stucky said he plans to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. “I hope to make BPG a nationwide business. And I hope that BPG will remain successful and handed down to the next generation of family.”

Coordinated by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy turns middle and high school students into the chief executive officers of startup ventures. Over the course of the program, students come up with new products and services, write business plans, pitch their ideas to investors and develop their brands. By the end of the program, they oversee fully functioning enterprises they can continue to operate.

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