2017-18 YEP Annual Business Plan Competition
A Life-Changing Experience!
The Youth Entrepreneurship Program’s Business Plan Competition provides our future entrepreneurs with an incredible opportunity to explore entrepreneurship – and earn cash prizes! There are 5 College and 5 High School winning plans — 10 in all!
Attention High School & College Educators!
Did you know that we can provide support to your high school or college classroom? From September to early December, we provide school outreach to hundreds of high school and college students, many who submit their plans for our competition.
If you want more information about getting your Napa or Sonoma classroom involved in 2017-18, contact Molly Stuart at 707-256-7255.
Each year, Napa Valley College hosts the competition, which is open to Napa, Sonoma, and Marin high school and college students (14 to 27 years of age) who want to explore the world of business. Business Plans submitted for the competition are divided into two divisions – High School and College.
Youth have the opportunity to develop business ideas, with the support of Napa Valley College small business advisors and business professors, as well as local high school instructors. It’s a great chance for youth to gain valuable skills — and maybe even a plan a future business.
DEADLINE for entry to the 2017-18 Business Plan Competition is Thursday, December 14 at 4pm. Students must enter a written business plan.
Our panel of judges reviews them and chooses the top 5 high school and top 5 college plans. These finalists are notified by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 19. The finalists present on Saturday, January 20, at Napa Valley College. See full schedule for more information.
The competition is a rich learning environment for students to experience the process of launching a business, while exploring capabilities & interests.
We can provide professional business advisors as mentors in classrooms to help provide one-on-one guidance.
Over $5,000 in Prizes
There are a total of TEN winners with over $5,000 in cash prizes! First prizes are $1,500 and $1,000 for college and high school winners, respectively.
Real Competition with Judges
After crafting and honing their business plans, finalists present to judges who evaluate their business plans – and provide helpful feedback.