Most winners of the 2018 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge are pushing ahead. Luxe Fete Social, VillaKey and Major Marketplace are thriving. Others, like Redify and VDrill, aren’t quite ready to launch.
The Miami Herald has transformed its signature entrepreneurship outreach into the Startup Pitch Competition. Judges include executives from Softbank, Royal Caribbean Cruises, the University of Miami and the Related Companies.
Miami startup Redify won first place in the FIU Track of the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge. It also was chosen the People's Pick. The app scans consumer products to identify potentially harmful ingredients.
A trio of students at Miami's Gulliver Prep have devised technology for interchangeable soccer soles, eliminating the need for multiple pairs of cleats. They won third place in the 2018 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.
In its 20th year, the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge drew more than 150 business plans from adults and teens in South Florida and from students, alumni and staff of Florida International University, the Challenge sponsor. Here are the Challenge finalists and runners-up in our three tracks.
Jessica Kizorek and Michelle Villalobos partnered to create Make them BEG, the 2013 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge winner. That forced them to reckon with an essential truth: their paths to success led in different directions.