2016-17 YEP Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to last year’s winners

Final Results

High School Division

  • 1st PlaceConnor Days Photography: Connor Days from Napa Valley Independent Studies.
  • 2nd PlaceVintage Auto: Riley McPherson, Jasmine Ruiz, Joseph Smith, Caleb Devries, Kenneth Perry, Omar Lopez and Juan Arroyo taught by Tom Dougherty, Instructor, Vintage High School.
  • 3rd PlaceFlavor Town: Nneka Chinaka, Bryan Sanchez, Jacob Mitchell, Gabriel Knight and Ezekiel Gomez from American Canyon High School Culinary, taught by Chef/Instructor, Larry Singer.
  • 4th Place
    • Napa High Manufacturing: Connor McCall, Reese Boyle, Kyle Medina, Cesar Cruz, Chad Johnson and David Lopez from Napa High School taught by Ron Solomon, Instructor
    • Club 19 – A Teen Dance Club Designed by Teens for Teens: Angel Pantoja, Maggie Carpenter and Alicia Lopez-Rios
    • Blank Apparel: Garrett Buffo and Vikram Singh from Casa Grande High School

College Division

  • 1st PlaceBenefit Biscuits Dog Treats: Chris Jordan and Marissa Renda
  • 2nd PlaceNapa Holistic Health: Julie Germenis and Katllin Peterson-Kiehl
  • 3rd PlaceSpirit Horse: Charlotte Dougherty, Marcos Coronedo and Corinne Bicknell
  • 4th Place
    • SDVC Aquaponics: Sarah Palmer, Vanessa Lolarga, Clark Williamson and Dominique Doctor
    • Backwoods Café: Maria Gonzalez, William Brundige & Gabriela Garibay
    • Forever Dolled Up: Huda Tikinoff

1st Place High School

Connor Day presents his winning idea during the final judging on January 21.


1st Place College level

Marissa Renda and Chris Jordan, College level champions.


The NVC YEP program continues to impress and inspire all involved. YEP not only supports local economics but backs innovative “Can Do” career paths. These young adults have options, whether its trade, small business principal or 4 year college. This generation is non-conventional and has new models to add economic value, there are no limits.

Jake Fazio

VP West Coast Sales, Petaluma Poultry

I spoke with an incredible young entrepreneur today, she was full of energy, intelligence and excitement, and it was clear that she and hundreds like her will be successful if they continue to follow their dreams.

Dr Ron Kraft

President, Napa Valley College