The winners of the 2018 President's Cup Business Plan Competition at Sierra Nevada College and their faculty mentors
The quality of the business plans submitted was so high that the panel of judges awarded prizes to all four competing teams.

2018 President’s Cup Winners

The SNC President’s Cup Business Plan Competition

Four student teams presented their final business plans on April 24 to a panel of expert judges, and an enthusiastic audience of SNC students, faculty, and administrators. In what may be a first for the President’s Cup, the judges decided after a tough deliberation that all four teams deserved to share the prize money.

The 2018 winners are:

1st Place – Tahoe Shed Company – Weston Park – $2000
Tahoe Shed Company builds creative, quality, and custom backyard spaces.

2nd Place – Work for Play – David Brown and Jake Shields – $1500
An online platform to facilitate barter transactions between businesses and customers who are interested in their products or services.

3rd Place – Auto Elate – Austen Brown and Joey Schembri – $1000
An online platform for tracking vehicle maintenance schedules and connecting with trusted providers.

4th Place – Love of Language – Melissa Watts – $500
Learn a new language as you “grow up” in an online virtual city.

Business Plan Competitions at SNC Tahoe

The SNC Business Plan Competition series begins with the Innovative Idea competition in the fall. At the Pitch Competition in late winter, each team submits a three-minute pitch video. For the final President’s Cup Competition, the competing teams are judged both on their written business plans and five-minute live presentations. The teams use PowerPoint, video, and even physical prototypes to make their pitch, present a short market analysis and financial summary, and respond to questions from the judges.