Four teams of young entrepreneurs competed for $6,000 in cash prizes on February 23. The winners are -
1st Place: Change
2nd Place:Chaperone by Tektor
3rd Place: Warrior Adventure Rapport

2016 Trepp Competition Winners

Young Entrepreneurs Win $6K in Prize Money

Four teams of young entrepreneurs at Sierra Nevada College competed for $6,000 in cash prizes at the 2016 Jalé and Warren Trepp Business Plan Competition, held on February 23. Each team presented a twenty-minute live pitch to a panel of external judges and an audience of more than 100 people.


The Winners

1st Place: Change
Concept: a card to eliminate coin change in Canada
Award: $4,000
Project Team: Ted Porter, Grant Furlan and Freddy McCarthy2nd Place: Chaperone by Tektor
Concept: an electronic safety system for equine facilities
Award: $1250
Project Team: Megan McClintock and Joie Rhein

3rd Place: Warrior Adventure Rapport
Concept: an outdoor therapeutic program for veterans with PTSD
Award: $750
Project Team: Jason Maynez, Kyle Rockwell, Nick Galantowicz, and David Phelps

Also presenting on Tuesday night was Stitches-on-the-Go, a kit for emergency stitches for military and outdoor adventure uses, presented by Andrew Clifton and Steven Jenab.

The Result of Months of Work

The student business plans presented are a result of months of planning and development. Some students began idea generation last semester in professor Rick Winfield’s Creating Entrepreneurial Ventures class. The student teams are mentored throughout the process by SNC Tahoe’s business faculty.

“You want to be frank, but you don’t want them to go fetal.” – Scott Levy

A panel of local entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Roland Schumann, Madylon Meiling, Meredith Williams, and Scott Levy, judged the presentations. Barry Golombik, Ted Parkhill, Jameson Stafford and Tim Olesnavage of Elevate Blue, Steve Lenzi, Vanessa Franking, and Robin Holman provided additional mentoring and feedback to the students during development.

All four teams plan to enter the statewide D.W. Reynolds Governors Cup Business Plan Competition in April.