Why business leaders think it’s important to invest in student startups

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    ‘Tis the season for pitch competitions.

    The University of Tampa’s pitch expo was held late last week and Thursday, St. Petersburg College held its ninth annual business plan and elevator pitch night.

    While the ideas were mostly just that — ideas — nearly $10,000 was awarded to the students behind the ideas in a push to show it pays to invest in early stage startups.