Jurbid is a website that will connect clients with lawyers in an affordable way. CEO Aydin Bonabi came up with the idea when he had trouble finding a job after law school. Bonabi submitted a business plan for the company to Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge FIU Track and received 2nd place.
Shoes Dsire, an app business for hunting and buying shoes and sharing discoveries, deploys powerful image recognition technology to help users find celebrity-favored styles for less. Shoes Dsire won third place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.
Candidate.Guru, of Weston, is a big-data tool that can predict a culture fit between corporate hiring managers and prospective job seekers. Candidate.Guru’s entry received the highest judge ratings in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.
Ride2MD, co-founded by George Fernandez and Raul Rodriguez, aims to be the Lyft for healthcare transportation and plans to launch in a few months. Ride2MD won second place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge and was the People’s Pick.
RentAll enables customers to rent items they typically would not buy, and the co-founders plan to launch RentAll first in the South Florida market. Co-founded by three teens from American Heritage, the concept took third place in the Business Plan Challenge.
Marco Fernandez, 16, created a business plan for his idea, Digifeet, and won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. He has developed an idea for a 3D-printed foot insole with Dr. Richard Santo Mallia, a podiatrist, and hopes to make his idea a reality to help people with feet problems like himself find truly custom insoles.
SkyBOX Checkout is an international e-commerce checkout platform that helps international customers pay for and receive merchandise by adding a plugin to retailer’s websites. It won third place in the Business Plan Challenge FIU Track
Alex Pissinou Makki, a junior at Ransom Everglades School, is working on creating a prototype for Smart-BagPack, a backpack that helps students remember to turn in homework and reminds them to put supplies back in their bag. Makki submitted a business plan for Smart-BagPack to the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge and placed second.
A record 255 business plan entries poured into the 18th annual Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. Entries spanned a multitude of industries — and passion prevailed. Today, semi-finalists for the Community and FIU Tracks are revealed; High School Track finalists will be unveiled next Monday.