“Yogini,”a team from Palm Bay High School, took first place in the inaugural “Be Entrepreneurial Business Plan Challenge,” co-hosted by the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Women’s Business Center and Junior Achievement of the Space Coast. The event was held at Florida Tech in early December. “Be Entrepreneurial” is a worldwide program of Junior Achievement U.S.A.
Winning teams received scholarship checks. The first place team received a check for $1,000 provided by the Balda family Foundation; second place team, “Threads for Heads,” from Melbourne High School, received $750; and “Lighthouse,” in third place and from Viera High School, was awarded $500. The checks were shared by winning team members.
Ten Brevard County teams participated. They were from Viera, Palm Bay and Melbourne high schools. All 10 teams competed in the morning; the top four teams competed in the afternoon. College of Business students served as review panelists to support the judges in the final round and, “asked some very insightful questions,” said Dean Annie Becker.
Winners will appear in the January 2012 issue of the “Giving Back” section of Space Coast Business magazine. All participants received flash drives with the Junior Achievement logo, sponsored by Brent Peoples of Peoples Financial Planning of Raymond James. Also sponsoring the event was Craig Technologies.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Clermont Photography. From left: Monique Gyant, Jesy Black, Samiyyah Black, and Kiara Payne. All are students at Palm Bay High School except Black, who modeled a line of clothing to go with the team’s “business,” yoga and belly dancing.