Search is on for Best Business Ideas from NJ High School Students
Madison, NJ (Jan. 4, 2005)—For the second year, New Jersey high school students are eligible to compete in a program, “New Jersey Business Idea Competition for High Schoolers,” that recognizes their bright, commercially feasible ideas.
The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, the nationally recognized entrepreneurship program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, administers the competition.
James Barrood, director of the Institute, said, “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 need to be encouraged. They are, after all, the future business leaders of our state.”
In the 2004 competition, high school students from Bergen Academies, Boonton High School, Columbia High School, Ewing High School, Highland Park High School, Lakewood High School, Matawan Regional High School, Mendham High School, Millburn High School, Montgomery High School, Montville Township High School, Moorestown High School, Ridgefield Park High School, Rutherford High School, St. John Vianney, and Watchung Hills Regional High School were honored for their ideas.
The deadline for applications is February 5, 2005, and the winners will be announced and honored on the evening of March 11, 2005, at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ.
The state will be divided 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 finalists and semi-finalists who will be awarded $150 and $75, respectively. In addition, winners will be chosen from each region and receive an additional $250 each. All winners will be awarded plaques or certificates at the awards ceremony.
The judges for the competition will be the Rothman Institute faculty. Sponsors include the Edison Venture Fund, PSEG and New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio.
For complete application information, visit the Rothman Institute Web site at www.fdu.edu/rothman and click on 2005 “NJ Business Idea Competition for High Schoolers” or call (973) 443-8842.