NEW YORK, May 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Start-ups from new York – the leading provider of real-world education for K-12 students in New York City, Long island, and the Lower Hudson Valley – announces the winners of the 14th Annual Business Plan Competition.
More than 100 teams from 12 high schools across New York City, Long island, and Lower Hudson Valley have submitted original arguments for new ventures to improve school-work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students used their first-hand experience to create ideas for products and services that help communities stay connected and improve overall well-being in the areas of health and well-being, work, productivity, education and learning, entertainment, etc. The top six teams presented their business plans virtually to a panel of judges from the entrepreneurial and business community for the chance to win cash prizes.
The competition took place from February to May 2021 and immersed high school students in the world of entrepreneurship. Students participated in weekly virtual workshops led by volunteer mentors from companies such as KPMG, American Express, Deloitte, and more. The workshops covered critical business development topics, including knowing your customer, developing your marketing strategy, and start-up costs. The teams also received personalized coaching and mentoring via Zoom sessions to help them refine their arguments before presenting live.
“The Business Plan Competition is one of our flagship programs and this year we wanted to make sure that even in a virtual world our students had something fun and educational to look forward to. ” noted Joseph Peri, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of new York. “We included a new virtual mentoring stream where students worked with volunteer mentors to hone their arguments. These interactions are invaluable, and while they could not replicate a face-to-face classroom experience, they introduced students to the importance of entrepreneurial thinking and how to adapt to the ever-changing world of work. “
Young companies from new York thanks Founding Sponsor and Board Member Chris Andersen, GC Andersen Partners, LLC, for their generosity and dedication to inspiring the next generation of business leaders. The jury for the final phase of the competition included a member of the board of directors of JA New York, Gabriella Fitzgerald; CEO of the community business, Scott Gerber; and product manager and co-founder of Pixlee TurnTo, Awad Sayeed.
The first three winning teams are:
- 1st place
CerebroTech LLC: A productivity-driven company that aims to improve the long-term development of middle school, high school and college students through digital and physical training on concentration, memory and anxiety.
Anjali Aggarwal, Ryan faude, Rahim Sheikh, Jeena trinh
PO Clarke High School
- 2nd place
Lanes: A mobile application that provides users with easier and safer access to cycle routes throughout New York City.
Gwendolyn Oh, Kelly wong, Madelynn Oh
Academy of Finance and Business
- 3rd place
Globalert: A health data app that helps users track their own health status.
Denys Prots, Ekaterina Kozak, Adriana haydarova, Simona ifraimova
Edward Murrow High School
Honorable mentions were awarded to:
- Olympia online: An online recruitment platform for sororities and fraternities.
Sameed wasi, Jacob Varughese, Helene thomas, Naome Khan
New Hyde Park Memorial High School
- SuppLI: A Long island subscription box company based with the aim of stimulating from Long Island economy by educating the world on the true beauty of Long island.
Toyin Green, sparks of sydney, Ayanna brown
Baldwin High School
- Young opportunity!: An app that connects students to volunteer positions or internships with verified volunteering organizations and companies.
Brian Huang, Aryan Lahar, Thomas li
Brooklyn Technical High School
The following schools of New York City, Long island, and Lower Hudson Valley entered the 2021 Junior Achievement of New York Business Plan competition:
New York City
- Academy for Finance and Business
- Brooklyn Preparatory High School
- Brooklyn Technical High School
- Cathedral High School
- Edward R. Murrow High School
- Bilingual and Asian Studies High School
- Baldwin High School
- Commack High School
- kings High School Park
- New Hyde Park Memorial High School
- PO Clarke High School
Inferior Hudson Valley
- Croton-Harmon High School
About Junior Achievement of new York
Young companies from new York is the local subsidiary of Junior Achievement United States, the largest organization in the country dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to master their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Each year, we recruit, train and mobilize thousands of businesses, communities and student volunteers to provide practical and relevant experiences that equip students with knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work preparation and entrepreneurship. JA New York offers over 57,000 student experiences per year to over 240 NYC, Long island and public schools in the lower Hudson Valley. Visit www.jany.org for more information.
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SOURCE Young Enterprises of new York