Budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas

A contestant pitches her idea for the "Butter Lid" in front of a panel of judges at Mott Community College's Bear Trap entrepreneurial competition.

Some budding entrepreneurs made their big pitch Thursday in front of a panel of judges in hopes of launching their businesses.

Mott Community College hosted "The Bear Trap," an entrepreneurial competition inspired by the hit reality show "Shark Tank," and invited high-school students, college students and the general public to showcase their innovative ideas.

Ideas included trendy slow-cooker covers and healthy kale chips. One woman pitched the "butter lid" - a plastic lid for movie popcorn buckets.

Members of the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Mott faculty, and local attorneys were among those judging.

"They're saying that I'm looking for advice, I'm looking for the mentorship, so they're looking for people to help them kick-start their dream and that's what we're here to do today,â?? Lisa Banks, MCCâ??s Accounting Program Coordinator said.

Prizes include free legal services, laptop computers, Mott scholarships and business plan consulting.

Winners will be announced next Thursday, April 18.