Judge The High School Entrepreneurs' Business Plan Competition

Now Recruiting Executives for the 2017 Competitions

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Project ECHO is currently recruiting executives to serve as competition day judges for its 2017 High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition. This exciting event is the culmination of a year long program in business and entrepreneurship and we’re expecting more than 250 teens to participate on teams and compete this year. The Competition will be hosted by our proud partner, UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Event Dates:
Finals competition on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 7:30 – 3pm

About our Competitions

The Project ECHO High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition simulates the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from investors.  Judges participate on panels that will evaluate 7-10 presentations and act as venture capital investors deciding on which business they would most likely fund.  The quality of the idea, the strength of the management team, and the clarity and persuasiveness of the oral presentation are the criteria that determine each judge’s decision.  The winning team in each of three categories (technology, retail and food/beverage) of competition is decided based on where the judges would most likely invest their money.

Your commitment would be from 7:30am to 3:00, which includes a one-hour orientation on the morning of the competition. We train our judges on how to use our on-line evaluation system, along with reviewing the criteria that is used to evaluate the presentations.

Every Judge will receive lots of hot coffee in the morning along with a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. Your short bio and photo will be published in the event program on the day you’ll be volunteering as a judge.

Sign up as a VIP Judge and Receive a Boat Load of Benefits! 

During the registration process, consider super-sizing your support of Project ECHO with a minimum donation of $250 and join the ranks of other VIP Judges. In return you’ll receive:

1) VIP parking admission in the gated lot closest to our event for either event

2) Engraved magnetic name badge that will include your name, company name and previous ECHO judging years (if any).

3) Business card ad published in the event program

4) Extended personal bio or add a company bio in the event program

5) Preferred selection of the competition category you’d like to evaluate (technology, retail or food/beverage)

Executive Judges will receive a PayPal invoice to complete their donation, or follow the link below to complete it today.



Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. They’re how we get to offer our great programs to great teens!

 Once your Judge’s application is submitted, you’ll receive detailed instructions via email in preparation for your competition date.   Click here to Register as a Judge.   We are currently recruiting 25 judges and your application must be received by March 1. Submission of an application does not guarantee placement as a judge.

ABOUT PROJECT ECHO
PROJECT ECHO  (Entrepreneurial Concepts Hand On), is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1996 with the goal of re-engaging teens that are innately not college bound and expand their career and academic options beyond high school. Today, the organization reaches teenagers from every academic and economic background. Project ECHO partners with high schools and their teachers to offer a collaborative approach to teaching a broad spectrum of STEM related academic course work. Its engaging project related course work helps students acquire useful vocational, business and entrepreneurship training and experience. It has grown from a small program initiated at Santa Monica High School to a multi-faceted business and entrepreneurship academy and vibrant business plan competition.  This year, ECHO is poised to enroll more than 500 teens from 20 different high schools from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Orange Counties.  As a nonprofit organization, Project ECHO raises 100% of its annual operating budget every year with the mission of keeping teens engaged in high school and presenting entrepreneurship as a career.