Business Plan Competition

YEP Business Concept & Elevator Pitch Competition
About the Competition


The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), hosted by Shasta College, is a  program designed to help young people between the ages of 14 and 27 realize and attain their business goals.  Through entrepreneurship education and one-on-one counseling, YEP helps young people build skills, unlock creativity, and discover pathways to opportunities in small and large businesses.  Participants will learn real world business practices such as leadership development, team building, financial management, communication, and business etiquette.

This year marks the 8th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Program's Business Concepts and Video Elevator Pitch Competition.  This is an opportunity for our young people to showcase their creativity and innovative ideas while entering to win seed capital to help start their businesses. 

Remember, all contestants must be 14 to 18 years of age and be legal residents of Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Humboldt, Del Norte, Modoc, Siskiyou, or Plumas Counties in California. 

The competition is divided into three phases:

Phase I: Registration and Elevator Pitch Video: DUE February 5, 2016

                 1.     Register, complete parent permission form (if under 18), and agree to the

                         official competition rules

                 2.     Submit the YouTube link to your Elevator Pitch Video.


Phase 2: Business Concept Questions: Due February 26, 2016

                 Forty elevator pitch videos from phase 1 will be selected to progress to phase 2.

                 Those individuals/Teams will submit their business plans for review by a panel of judges.



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Phase 3: The Finals: March 24, 2016

                  Five individuals/teams are invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges during the

                  Youth Entrepreneurship Program Business Concept Competition finals.

                  The presentations are to be 3 to 5 minutes in length.


Final Prizes Include:

First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $550

Third Place: $350

Fan Favorite: $300

Honorable Mention: $150

Honorable Mention: $150



Check out the Deadline and Dates and Judging Criteria links for more details.

Questions?  Call Rick Osbrink at the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (530) 242-7627 or email him at