BANGOR- People packed into the Bangor Arts Exchange to see finalists from the ‘Big Gig’ and ‘Big Gig Jr.’ competitions.
Innovative solutions to real-world problems was the theme of the night.
“Big Gig Jr. came together when we were looking at children and trying to find ways to bring different entrepreneurial experiences into the school,” said Leslie Poake, a CPA and partner at LG&H.
On Tuesday night, seventh-grade students from Leonard Middle School in Old Town competed in Big Gig Jr.
Videos of business pitches they created were shared with the audience.
The three finalists for Big Gig Jr. were chosen by local business leaders.
The winner of the second ever Big Gig Jr. was Zoe Yerxa who created the “Sharp Shovel.”
“It has a sharp edge you can flip up and down so you could use it on your porch and your driveway.” Yerxa said.
Yerxa may have gone home with the grand prize but all of the participants left with new knowledge about running a business.
“When you find a good idea or find something new, just do it.” said Jenelle Sanchez, one of the ‘Big Gig Jr.’ finalists. “Believe in yourself and maybe you’ll get there.”
Box of Maine took home the $5,000 grand prize for the Big Gig competition.