CA and NV Named Winners in National Biz Kid$ Showcase

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More than 100 students entered the first-ever national Biz Kid$ Showcase presented in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation, the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation, the Illinois Credit Union Foundation, and the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. The Biz Kid$ Showcase was a unique online experience that allowed creativity for innovative business ideas among students aged 12-18.

Throughout the showcase, participants completed several online learning modules focused on different aspects of business planning. Each participant or team then submitted both a business plan and a final showcase project, displaying all of their hard work. Judges from each partner state scored final showcase projects on branding, uniqueness, need, target market, and overall presentation. After being judged at the state level, the winning final showcase projects from each state were reviewed again by a second panel of judges on the national level.

Two students from California and Nevada were awarded first and second place on the national level, respectively, while another student from Nevada claimed the top spot on the state level.

“We were excited to see what business ideas the students would come up with, and we weren’t disappointed!” said Tena Lozano, Executive Director at the RMJ Foundation that had more than 50 entries from California and Nevada. “We’re proud that California and Nevada placed in the top three nationwide and are looking forward to this being an annual event.”

California (1st place winner—National)
Project: GradGenie

GradGenie was created by Yuktha Senthil, a student at Westview High School/Poway Unified School District in San Diego. GradGenie is a student social platform with features that promote school resources, as well as giving students a place to share posts and announcements about clubs and organizations. The goal is to help students connect with each other and empower them to make the best of their life as a student. 

Nevada (2nd place winner—State; and 3rd place winner—National)
Project: Safety Calls

Safety Calls was created by Trinity Blackwood from Nevada. Safety Calls is a small business that would help connect people with designated drivers. Safety Calls aims to provide those incapable of driving for any reason a safe way to get around.

Nevada (1st place winner—State)
Project: Bold n Beauty

Bold n Beauty was created by Shannon Straw from Nevada. Her Bold n Beauty website offers an array of beauty products as well as consultation sessions and videos with tips and instructions to help people learn techniques for applying her products.

Biz Kid$ is a credit union-funded and branded financial education program for young adults, championed by the National Credit Union Foundation. Biz Kid$ ignites a passion for students to invest in their financial futures through lessons in entrepreneurship, money, managing finances, and more. Biz Kid$ Business Plan Competitions are a unique way for students, like you, to learn the ins and outs of business planning and put ideas into action.

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