Aubri Reiniche, a sophomore at Bowling Green State University and 2017 Pettisville High School graduate, will pitch a business idea to investors at BGSU, Thursday, April 11.
Reiniche has been selected by the BGSU College of Business as a 2019 Hatchling for “The Hatch” program.
“The Hatch,” modeled after a popular television program, involves students explaining, or “pitching,” a business idea in front of a panel of investors who are also BGSU alumni.
Before making her pitch, Reiniche will work for 11 weeks with an alumni mentor to create her presentation.
Reiniche’s idea is Custom Kids Stories, an e-commerce business that provides children with a fun opportunity to get excited about reading.
Kids go online to a website and with the help of a parent, answer questions relating to a story.
Answers will be transformed into a story that is customized to that child; no other child will have the same story.
“Choosing Hatchlings is highly selective and we are pleased to select Aubri,” said Kirk D. Kern, director of the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The center, which serves as “Hatch Headquarters,” is one of 20 such centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
“What sets The Hatch apart from similar events is that the alumni investors make equity investments, providing real money for students to launch real businesses.
“To date, more than $500,000 has been committed to student startups,” Kern said.
As a PHS student, Reiniche was involved in concert and pep bands, Spanish Club, and was a member of the “Nerd Herd” academic quiz team.
At BGSU, she is part of the financial investing club.
“I am thrilled to be selected as a 2019 Hatchling and look forward to working with my mentor, Christian Piazza, to create a successful pitch,” Reiniche said.