WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Virtual Enterprise (VE) students Emily Baker, Giovanna Winning and Sam Rhew have advanced to the national semifinals of the 2020 Social Impact Pitch Competition sponsored by BNP Paribas.

The girls are part of Virtual Enterprise Team Zo, which recently took first and third place in the Virtual Enterprise International Competition for their innovative, environmentally friendly line of skin and hair products.

Team Zo is one of eight teams that will pitch their virtual enterprise business concept to an audience of VE partners, entrepreneurs and business executives at VE’s annual gala on April 21, 2020, in New York City.

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The 2020 VE Social Impact Pitch is a business pitch competition designed to inspire VE students to propose solutions to pressing social and environmental issues.

According to the VE website, youth entrepreneurs "will be able to transform their concepts into viable businesses that drive social change through mentorship, education, financial support and real-world business opportunities.”

A $10,000 monetary prize will be awarded to the first-place team for the members to advance their concept. A laptop computer will be awarded to each second and third place team member.

Nancy Mullin, West Orange Supervisor of Career Education and Library Science, said that “this is wonderful news” and that the school is “so proud of Team Zo's ongoing accomplishments."