Students And Alumni Contending In Herald’s Business Plan Obstacle

The quest for the win is on.

FIU students and alumni contending in the annual Miami Herald Business Plan Obstacle just recently pitched their endeavors live before a panel of judges. They consisted of e-commerce ventures, health and wellness platforms, and a web-based debt settlement service.

Now through May 1, neighborhood members can check out miamiherald.com/challenge to see the pitch videos and elect the Individuals’s Choose contest among the FIU Track finalists.

The Miami Herald Company Strategy Difficulty, now in its 18th year, unlocks for anyone with a business idea or an operating startup that is under two years old to contend for financing that might get the endeavor off the ground or grow an existing company.

The contest is sponsored by FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.

“For more than a decade, this interesting and satisfying competition has actually offered countless business owners an opportunity to turn their company concept into reality,” said Jesus Padilla, program assistant at the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.

A record 255 company strategies were submitted this year, covering concepts in education, fashion, music, healthy living, toys, family pets, social video gaming and food. Their ultimate objective: protecting financiers to get the venture off the ground or grow an existing company active for less than 2 years.

The Leading 6 entries in the FIU Track pitched their concepts before a panel of judges on April 12 at the Miami Herald.

The FIU Track finalists:

Joust, provided by students Jonas Erthal, Julio Benavides amp; Franco Aquino (BBA ’15), is an online platform that improves the quoting and payment procedure for vehicle services.