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Bertolon Announces Winners of Viking Business Pitch Competition

Eleven finalists wow judges with creative and diverse business ideas

Judges Dino DiPalma, owner and founder GTM D Consulting, and Deirdre Sartorelli, director and assistant dean of the Angle Center for Entrepreneurship at Endicott College, had a tough time on Saturday, April 10, when 11 Salem State University students pitched their creative and diverse business ideas to a virtual audience of students, faculty and community partners.

Congratulations to the 2021 Viking Business Pitch Competition winners:

  • First prize went to Toiell Washington, a senior sociology major, who pitched “The Master's Tools,” a board game that teaches people about systems of oppression.
  • Second prize went to Benine Mudymba, a second-year graduate student working toward an MS in Social Work, for “The Natural Sis,” a beauty consultation service.
  • Third prize went to Katie Ciccolini, a senior business major for “The Salem Witch Subscription Box,” a monthly box that contains items from local Salem Witch shops. The theme of each box is based on the cycles of the celebration of pagan holidays.

Learn more about the Salem State University Bertolon School of Business.

Don White
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