Junior Achievement, FIT Honor Young Entrepreneurs

By  //  December 24, 2012

Contest Winners Earn Scholarships

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Junior Achievement of the Space Coast and Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business and Women’s Business Center, made dreams come true for area students at the second Be Entrepreneurial Business Plan Challenge earlier this month in Melbourne.

The first-place contest team, Go Fitness, meets Florida Tech COO/Executive Vice President T. Dwayne McCay during the Be Entrepreneurial Business Plan Challenge in Melbourne. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

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 School

Third Place: S & N Headphones, Nicole Fraumeni and Shelby Jelinek, also from Viera High School.

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast 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 send an e-mail to kscheriner@jaspacecost.org.