2016 Business Plan Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 High School Entrepreneurs’
Business Plan Competition Winning Teams!

500+ Students, 110+ Business Teams, 200+ Judges, 2,500 Mentor Hours

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Congratulations to all of the Winning Teams!

More than 100 teams and 500 students from across the Southland competed in Project ECHO’s 12th annual business plan competition. The semi-finals event hosted at Loyola Marymount University started this two-day competition followed by the finals competition hosted at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  The competition was fierce, and winning teams were determined by volunteer judges who served as venture capital investors deciding on which business they would most likely fund.  Judges considered the quality of the idea, the strength of the management team, the clarity of the written business plan and persuasiveness of the oral presentation. Teams competed in one of three categories of competition: technology, retail and food/beverage and winners were determined based on where the judges would most likely invest their money. Cash start-up funds were awarded to the winning teams!

Awards included:

OVERALL COMPETITION WINNER

Samantha Annis_Project Echo_April 2016_401WaterWise  – Long Beach Polytechnic High School (PACE Academy)

Naveed Torabzadeh, Graham Mezker, Adam Traut, Lucas Pruett, Bryce Martinez, Sebastian Matiauda with Diane Quast, Executive Director and Jason Meugniot, ECHO Board Member.

Coming soon: Click here to watch their winning presentation

 

RETAIL BASED BUSINESS WINNING TEAMS

Retail 1 Asix RecordsFirst Place: Asix Records, Hamilton High School

Evan Milnor, Larry Shoham, Justin Candys, Ariel Davis, Zahava Jaffe, Lahistat Blanco, Trevor Silbert

 

Retail 2 TankedSecond Place: Tanked, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (PACE Academy)

Kate Sullivan, Eleanor Jaffe-Pachulio, Jessica Tang, Eleanor Jaffe, Jake Owens, Katherine Grubbs with ECHO Board Member Dustin Gale

 

Retail 3 Simplicity NailThird Place: Simplicity Nail Polish Remover Pen, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (PACE Academy)

Aiyanna Johns, Asia Banyaga, Kennedy Cofield, Leah Black, Emily Dagel with ECHO board member, Dustin Gale

 

TECHONOLOGY BASED BUSINESS WINNING TEAMS

Tech 1 Kono CardsFirst Place: Kono Cards, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (PACE Academy)

Caris White, Sophia Hooper, Emily Lester, Kelly Weihrauch, Emma Hastie, Sydney Carlson with ECHO board member John Schneider

 

Tech 2 EquippedSecond Place: Equipped, Palisades Charter High School

Ariela Hekmat, Mercedeh Khazaieli, Brennie Pellegrini, Colette Noghreian, Jack Clifford, Zoe Davidow with ECHO board member John Schneider

 

Technology 3 RippledThird Place: Rippled, Charter Oak High School

Hannah Tran, Hela Albitar, Kyle Dringenberg, Alexis Chacon, Margarita Garcia with ECHO board member John Schneider

 

FOOD/BEVERAGE BASED BUSINESS WINNING TEAMS

Food 1 The Social StudyFirst Place: The Social Study, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (PACE Academy)

Susan Mirzazadeh, Spencer Kennebeck, Alexis SooHoo, Mia Cloke, Sean Berry, Sofia Amores

 

Food 2 Port SliceSecond Place: PortSlice, Phineas Banning High School

Jose Fernandez, Rachel Valencia, Aaron Camacho, Leticia Sanchez, Linda Hurtado

 

Food 3 Cookie KrumblesThird Place: Cookie Krumbs, Phineas Banning High School

Cymphani Wesson, Thomas Leos, Brian Harrell, Marylin Medrano

 

 

EMILY CHAN MOST INSPIRATIONAL TEAM AWARD

Most Inspirational MetamorphsisMetamorphosis, Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Pacific Rim Academy)

Vanessa Martinez, Diana Martinez, Irene Davis with ECHO board chair, Jeff Kravitz and Diane Quast, Executive Director

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

Social Entrepreneur The Cuisine & Culture of the ReconcavoThe Cuisine and Culture of the Reconcavo, Santa Barbara High School

Pablo Valladares, Sloan Hanson, Kenneth Scott, Rey Sanchez with Project ECHO Board chair, Jeff Kravitz

 

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Leticia Finley Teacher of the YearLeticia Finley, Phineas Banning High School with Project ECHO Founder, Chip Goodman

Project ECHO is currently recruiting schools for the 2016-2017 academic year. Participation is open to high schools within the U.S. Simply click APPLY on the top menu bar for more information and to register.