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2 Crivitz Teams in State YES! Contest
Issue Date: June 7, 2017
Christine and Elizabeth Hlavacka, 10th graders at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, are the grand prize winners in Wisconsin YES!, a statewide youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school.
The Hlavacka's website application, WeWork.Biz, more effectively matches youth with employers for jobs and volunteer related opportunities. This tool has resources and supports services for users and will allow employers to offer incentives and promotions to participating youth.
They will present their winning idea June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference in Madison during the awards luncheon for the Governor's Business Plan Contest.
In addition to taking steps to create a product from their business idea, they each received a certificate of entrepreneurship relating to their participation in the 2017 UWL Innovation Lab and are members of the National Honor Society and are Girl Scouts, presently working on the Gold Award. Christine is interested in studying marine biology or health science in college and Elizabeth is interested in studying veterinary/animal science and business in college.
Students submitted their ideas in a 250-word online summary to compete in Phase 1 of the contest. Professionals from across the state served as judges, provided feedback and scored the ideas. About two-dozen entries were selected to move on to Phase 2, where they submitted 1,000-word executive summaries covering company overview; product or service description; customer definition; market description, size and sales strategy; competition; management team; financials; and capital needs.
Other participants in the fifth annual contest from Crivitz were:
IKeyPad, team of Taylor Bemis and Annabelle Kosmecki; and My Sports Equip with Shane Bauer and Ethan Pelkin.