On Friday, May 30, the final six surviving teams of the 2014 Junior Achievement of New York Business Plan Competition (BPC) pitched their best enterprising ideas to a panel of VIP judges. Westbury Long Island's W.T. Clarke High School team Dietect bagged first place, receiving $3,000 each. Their business idea beat out 159 in a series of four elimination rounds. The top three teams took home cash awards up to $24,000. The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation presented the final round of this 3-month-long, intensive, business immersion program for high school students. JA New York's BPC program is one of NYC's largest teen business plan contests, attracting over 700 student participants annually...CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
What is the JA New York Business Plan Competition?
Presented by the NASDAQ OMX Education Foundation, the JA New York Business Plan Competition (BPC) is an intensive entrepreneurship education experience for high school students. Since its inception (2008), over 4,000 high school students have created over 1,000 business plan proposals. First, second, and third place prizes totaling $120,000 have been awarded to competitors who presented the strongest, most creative, and innovative business plans. Students gain valuable exposure to the business world and develop critical business skills ranging from putting together a team to creating an innovative plan for a new venture. The competition also fosters teen interest in entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic and social empowerment. Past participants have gone on to create successful business enterprises of their own. This year more than 700 high school students from 17 NYC and Long Island public schools will spend six weeks working on a viable business plan idea with the support of volunteers from the business community. Participating student teams submit completed plans through a customized web platform hosted by Gust.com. This makes them eligible to compete in in a series of playoff rounds leading up the semi-final and final rounds. The final round of the competition will be hosted at NASDAQ Marketsite in Times Square. Finalist teams present their ideas to a panel of distinguished business leaders from the corporate and entrepreneurial business world who serve as judges. The top three teams with best business idea presentations receive cash prizes totaling $24,000.
Watch exciting highlights from the Business Plan Competition!
Students work in teams of three or four each to design their own unique product or service. Participating schools represent a broad range of student interests and backgrounds, from graphic art and communications to math and the sciences.
Edelman corporate volunteers document the journey of a team of students from Manhattan Business Academy competing in the 2012 Business Plan Competition. Experience the excitement, dreams and aspirations of Team Soul to Sole as they move through each round of the competition all the way to the final round at NASDAQ Marketsite.
What are the benefits?
BPC students will learn key business concepts and skills as they set up a new company and product. The unique curriculum helps students get excited about the world of business and entrepreneurship. The small group sessions with volunteers personalizes the student experience.
Volunteers will benefit from mentoring the students over the course of two months as they deepen their connection with the teams. Their professional experiences and insights will help students learn what it takes to create a successful business.
How can I get involved?
If you are a teacher, sign up your classes to participate:
If you are a business professional, sign up to coach a class of students:
See 2010 Competition Winners Here
See JA New York Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell to Celebrate 2010 Business Plan Competition Winners!
See 2009 Competition Winners Here