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Judge the Business Plan Competition!

2020 Business Plan Competition is currently being scheduled. Check back soon!

2020 Business Plan Competition – Judge’s Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a Judge at the 2020 High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition.

The Business Plan Competition:
This event is the culmination of a year-long program in business and entrepreneurship offered by Project ECHO and it’s anticipated that about 500 teens will compete this year.

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 about 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 hospitality) of competition is decided based on where the judges would most likely invest their money.

Your commitment would be from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. This schedule includes a one-hour orientation on the morning of the competition where judges will learn how to use our on-line evaluation system, along with reviewing the criteria that is used to evaluate the presentations. Judging ends at about 12:30, followed by lunch and activities.

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.

As a non-profit organization, ECHO tries to raise funds to help offset the cost of its program and events. 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 a few extra perks, to include:

1) Preferred selection of the competition category you’d like to evaluate (technology, retail or hospitality)
2) Business card ad published in the event program
3) Extended personal bio or add a company bio in the event program
4) Engraved magnetic name badge that will include your name, company name and previous judging years (if any).

VIP Judges will receive a PayPal invoice to complete their donation.

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

Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee placement as a judge.

PROJECT ECHO (Entrepreneurial Concepts Hands 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 expanding 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 non-profit 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.