Statewide Competition for High School Students
Search is on for New Jersey’s Best Business Ideas
Madison, NJ (January 22, 2007) — New Jersey high school students are encouraged to compete in an innovative program that recognizes their bright, commercially feasible ideas.
Now in its fourth year, the program, the “2007 New Jersey Business Idea Competition,” is open to all high school students (9 – 12 grades). The deadline for applications is February 16, 2007, and the winners will be announced and honored on the evening of March 30, 2007, at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ.
The competition divides the state into three regions: north (Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Morris, Essex, Warren); central (Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Hudson); and south (Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May). Each region will recognize five finalists and ten semi-finalists who will be awarded $150 and $100, respectively. In addition, winners will be chosen from each region and receive an additional $250 each. All winners will receive plaques or certificates at the awards ceremony.
James C. Barrood, Executive Director of the nationally recognized Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, notes the objective is to “foster an entrepreneurial mindset among New Jersey’s high school students and recognize those who develop the brightest and most commercially feasible ideas. Many of our young people have very good ideas and simply need to be encouraged to submit them. They are, after all, the future business leaders of our state.”
The program is administered by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, part of FDU’s Silberman College of Business. The center’s undergraduate program has been ranked 7th nationwide by the Princeton Review and its graduate program, 19th.
The competition will be judged by the faculty of the Rothman Institute. Sponsors include the Edison Venture Fund, Gateway Security, Verizon and NJ 101.5 FM.
For more information please visit the Rothman Institute web site at www.fdu.edu/rothman or call (973) 443-8842.