Congratulations to the 2016 High School Entrepreneurs’
Business Plan Competition Winning Teams!
500+ Students, 110+ Business Teams, 200+ Judges, 2,500 Mentor Hours
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!
OVERALL COMPETITION WINNER
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
Evan Milnor, Larry Shoham, Justin Candys, Ariel Davis, Zahava Jaffe, Lahistat Blanco, Trevor Silbert
Kate Sullivan, Eleanor Jaffe-Pachulio, Jessica Tang, Eleanor Jaffe, Jake Owens, Katherine Grubbs with ECHO Board Member Dustin Gale
Aiyanna Johns, Asia Banyaga, Kennedy Cofield, Leah Black, Emily Dagel with ECHO board member, Dustin Gale
TECHONOLOGY BASED BUSINESS WINNING TEAMS
Caris White, Sophia Hooper, Emily Lester, Kelly Weihrauch, Emma Hastie, Sydney Carlson with ECHO board member John Schneider
Ariela Hekmat, Mercedeh Khazaieli, Brennie Pellegrini, Colette Noghreian, Jack Clifford, Zoe Davidow with ECHO board member John Schneider
Hannah Tran, Hela Albitar, Kyle Dringenberg, Alexis Chacon, Margarita Garcia with ECHO board member John Schneider
FOOD/BEVERAGE BASED BUSINESS WINNING TEAMS
Susan Mirzazadeh, Spencer Kennebeck, Alexis SooHoo, Mia Cloke, Sean Berry, Sofia Amores
Jose Fernandez, Rachel Valencia, Aaron Camacho, Leticia Sanchez, Linda Hurtado
Cymphani Wesson, Thomas Leos, Brian Harrell, Marylin Medrano
EMILY CHAN MOST INSPIRATIONAL TEAM AWARD
Vanessa Martinez, Diana Martinez, Irene Davis with ECHO board chair, Jeff Kravitz and Diane Quast, Executive Director
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
Pablo Valladares, Sloan Hanson, Kenneth Scott, Rey Sanchez with Project ECHO Board chair, Jeff Kravitz
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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.