Next step for Challenge: the judging

I love coordinating the Business Plan Challenge. I admire the entrepreneurs’ optimism, passion and energy as they create their own jobs. It’s exciting to see new businesses forming that could be economic engines for South Florida in the future.

This year’s Challenge, now in its 14th year and sponsored by Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, brought in a record number of entries in both the Community and FIU Tracks — 115 and 45 entries, respectively. The 41 entries in the high school track were as creative as always — 40 percent of the entries came from one very spirited class at Ransom Everglades.

The Challenge entries reflected the diversity that is South Florida. There were culinary creations, medical products and services, mompreneur businesses, fashion concepts, green products and services, software for various industries and Latin America-focused businesses. There were lots of technology plans, particularly in the FIU Track. In the High School Track, it was apps, apps and more apps.

Read : “Next step for Challenge: the judging” an article by Miami Herald

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