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The Business Plan Competition

Through this program, 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.

The 2017 Business Competition First Place Award goes to...

[Center] W.T. Clarke High School students Joseph Zirkel, Naman Shakrani, James Curran and Stephen Gavrielidis took home the top prize in JA New York’s Tenth Annual Business Plan Competition.

[Center] W.T. Clarke High School students Joseph Zirkel, Naman Shakrani, James Curran and Stephen Gavrielidis took home the top prize in JA New York’s Tenth Annual Business Plan Competition.

Congratulations to the top three winning teams in the 2017 Business Plan Competition!

FIRST PLACE AWARD: W.T. Clarke High School, Nassau County, Long Island – Simplastic
Team Members: Joseph Zirkel, Naman Shakrani, James Curran and Stephen Gavrielidis
Award: $2,500 each

SECOND PLACE AWARD: Kings Park High School, Suffolk County, Long Island – TranSPORT
Team Members: Ryan Adell, Joseph Ribaudo, Zach Wenzler and Nick Fazio
Award: $1,500 each

THIRD PLACE AWARD: Leadership and Public Service High School, Manhattan – SurPrize
Team Members: Kayleen Pena, Endi Trimi, Larissa Richard and Amanda Ozman
Award: $750 each

Click here to read more about this year’s winning Business Plan ideas

View JA New York’s photo album from Finals on Facebook

Presented by ICE NYSE Foundation and founded by G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC, the JA New York Business Plan Competition (BPC) is an intensive entrepreneurship education experience for high school students. Since its inception in 2008, 7,000 high school students have received valuable business and entrepreneurship education. First, second, and third place cash and prizes totaling more than $200,000 have been awarded to competitors who presented the strongest, most creative, and innovative business plans. Past participants have gone on to create successful business enterprises of their own.

This spring, 700 students from 19 New York City, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley high schools participated in intensive, seven-week, business education boot camps, where they conceived, developed and wrote original business plans with guidance and coaching from business volunteers. The 2017 Business Plan Competition theme was Think Local. After three preliminary eliminations, only seven teams made it through to the final round of the competition where they competed for cash prizes totaling nearly $20,000.

How Do Students Benefit From Participation?

Business Plan Competition students learn key business concepts and skills while developing a blueprint strategy to launch a new product or service. The unique curriculum helps students get excited about the world of business and entrepreneurship and empowers them to use entrepreneurial thinking to create value, in their own companies or working for someone else. The small group sessions with real world business volunteers personalize the student experience.

Volunteers benefit from mentoring the students over the course of two months as they deepen their connection with the teams. Their professional experiences and insights help students learn what it takes to work collaboratively with a team to create a successful business.

Get Involved

Educators: Due to high demand, this program is only open to select JA New York partner schools. To learn more about how you can work with JA New York, please review the school partnership information and application. Please note that this is a very intensive program and that students will need access to computers/Internet at least once per week, as well as class time outside of the volunteer visits.

Volunteers: Interested in coaching students? JA New York will provide all curriculum, training, and support for your commitment. The program requires seven 45-minute sessions with your assigned BPC class. To ensure a high level of support for students, we aim for 2-3 volunteers per class. If you would like to partner with friends or colleagues, please let us know – otherwise, we may place you with other volunteers.