June 8, 2013
2013 George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan Competition
After several rounds of pitching business ideas to a variety of volunteer judges, the 28 competitors in this year event narrowed down to the top three (3) finalists in two divisions:
The Up-Start Division ---for young people in the early stage of developing and forming their business concept (generally in our introduction level program). Products and services are in “prototype” development, relying greatly upon preliminary feedback from potential consumers regarding quality, value and pricing.
The Start-Up Division—for young owners who have actually started their enterprise and have a year or more of direct experience with consumer sales, revenue generation and management.
The three finalists presented their business plans and pitched judges in their respective division’s final round on June 6, 2013 at the Rivers Club
The outcome is as follows:
First place finalist: Derica Sanchez, Founder of DERI.
The business creates custom designed dog collars. Derica is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program at Urban Pathways Charter School where she is completing 10th grade.
Start Up Division
First place finalists is Megan Boboige, Founder of Meg’s Photo Booth
The business sells Meg’s photographs printed in high resolution on canvas. Meg is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program in Beaver County delivered through a partnership with the Franklin Center and the Community College of Beaver County. Meg is completing the 11th grade at Moon Area High School.