Year Up and Georgetown Students Collaborate for Business Plan Challenge

May 14, 2010 Year Up Winners

This spring, undergraduate students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business worked with the local nonprofit Year Up to provide coaching for students preparing to enter a Business Plan Competition hosted by the school.

About 30 students from the Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders Entrepreneurs (GAMBLE) student club worked with participants in the Year Up job training and higher education preparatory program for young adults in the D.C. area.

Held April 23, the inaugural Business Plan Competition featured presentations by 16 teams of Year Up students to a panel of judges made up of faculty, entrepreneurs, and advanced MBA students. The four teams that advanced to the final round presented their plans to judges in front of an audience of more than 80 observers.

The winners of the competition received a trophy and a cash grant to launch their businesses. They were:
• Platinum Innovation Award: JDK, Inc. -- Kyelle Mourning, Keyanah Williams, Daneia Stewart, Darryl Robinson, and Jamal West
• Gold Innovation Award: New Age Technology, owners of the Relaxation Station -- Jonathan Fenwick, Alpha James, Christian Morehead, Lashawnda Holland, and Carl Briscoe
• Silver Innovation Award: EDK, inventors of the iKid Learning System – Ebony Rush, Edward Green, Dominique Martin, Kendall Taylor, and Kimberly Holloway
• Bronze Innovation Award: Navito Safe Systems – David R. Wright, Shamika Francis, Joshua Moody, Symone Turrentine, and Tyshawn Kirton

The finalists were honored during a luncheon following the event that featured a keynote speech by Jimmy Lynn, former vice president for partnerships and strategic development at AOL and visiting professor of sports management at Georgetown.