MELBOURNE, FLA.– Junior Achievement of the Space Coast (JASC), and Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business and Women’s Business Center, held the second Be Entrepreneurial Business Plan Challenge on Dec. 6. The contest winners were awarded $1,500 from the Balda Family Foundation for first place and $160,000 in scholarships to attend Florida Tech. The award for second place was $1,000 from People’s Financial Planning of Raymond James and for third place $500 from Maverick Multimedia.
The participants qualified for the challenge by completing the JA Be Entrepreneurial program in the classroom, where they learned the basics for compiling a business plan. Teachers selected students who progressed to the competition.
In the first round students presented their plans to a panel of three business experts who chose the four teams to progress to the final round. The finalist teams pitched their plans to a panel of judges as though they were seeking investment funds. The winning teams were:
First Place: Go Fitness, Joey Molnar, Dalton Wiedman, Sean McKell and Dominick Vaske from Viera High School
Second Place: Jumpin’ Inc., Margret Eyjolfsdottir and Aaron Evans of Melbourne High
Third Place: S & N Headphones, Nicole Fraumeni and Shelby Jelinek, also from Viera High School.
The JASC is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JASC provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
For more information about Junior Achievement, call Kristin at (321) 751-4024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: The first-place team, Go Fitness, poses with Florida Tech COO/Executive Vice President T. Dwayne McCay
About the WBC
The WBC at Florida Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is an outreach of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The WBC provides women with opportunities, tools and connections to advance their global influence and success. The center offers well-equipped facilities conveniently located at Florida Tech, teachers, mentors and volunteers with expertise and business knowledge, partnering with community organizations for broad outreach, and training and resources that are onsite and online to accommodate busy schedules and provide easy access.
About Junior Achievement of the Space Coast (JASC)
Junior Achievement of the Space Coast is Brevard County’s organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JASC provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, JASC reaches more than 11,000 students in Brevard County. For more information, visit www.jaspacecoast.org.