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2020 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 finalists, all who win cash prizes!

Attention High School & College Educators!

Did you know that we can provide support to your high school or college classroom? From January through the competition in April, 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 support for your Napa or Sonoma classroom, contact Charlie Monahan at 707-256-7254.

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.

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Entrepreneurship Exposure

The competition is a rich learning environment for students to experience the process of launching a business, while exploring capabilities & interests.

Hands-on Mentorship

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 SIX 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.

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