Business Plan Challenge

Vote for the People's Pick: 2017 Business Plan Challenge finalists


Now it’s your turn to vote in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge!

View the videos from the 2017 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge finalists from both the Community Track, open to all South Floridians, and the FIU Track, open to FIU students and alumni.

Then scroll down to cast your votes for your favorite elevator pitch..

You must vote for one contestant in each track. Only one vote in each track per user per day will be counted. 

Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2017.

  Get out the vote on social media. Encourage your friends to vote. The contestant with the most votes in each track will be honored with the Miami Herald People’s Pick award and profiled in Business Monday on May 8, 2017.



Pitched by Jessica Shin and Terri-Ann Brown



Pitched by Murilo Amaral and Alfredo Keri


Pitched by Maxeme Tuchman

Caribu, pitched by Maxeme Tuchman, marries video-calling and e-books to provide an interactive experience when family members are far apart. You simply make a call, choose a book together, and read or draw in real time as if you were in the same r


Pitched by Jennifer Pierre


Modulux Lighting

Pitched by Bill Cummings

Modulux Lighting, pitched by Bill Cummings, has created an LED-based grow-light product called GroMax focused on the massive cannabis market as well as other applications. GroMax lights are modular, programmable and scalable and can be assembled l

School Climate Solutions

Pitched by Maribel Gonzalez

Pitched by Maribel Gonzalez, School Climate Solutions delivers customized on-demand content for educators, parents and students that improve school environments and creates pathways that lead to academic and social success.



Pitched by Maurice Pinto


Ketamine Health Centers

Pitched by Dennis Diaz and May Nunez

Pitched by Dennis Diaz and May Nunez. Ketamine Health Centers will own, develop and operate multiple outpatient clinics to provide ketamine infusions, a new treatment modality for patients suffering from mental-health disorders. The clinic provide


Pitched by Tara Demren and Eliana Alba

Pitched by Tara Demren and Eliana Alba. MunchSquad is a mobile app providing a real-time marketplace that allows restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets to reduce surplus food being thrown out at the end of the day by having it sold at a discount t


Pitched by Juan Carlos Abello

Pitched by Juan Carlos Abello. Nuvola provides guest management software that helps hotels monitor and respond to hotel and guest needs and activities. Nuvola, staffed entirely by professionals with hospitality industry experience, has created a c


Pitched by Rich Rudner

Pitched by Rich Rudner. SettleiTsoft provides a web-based and mobile accessible platform that offers 24/7 assistance to debtors and creditors as a bridge to facilitate and streamline the debt-negotiation process. It is designed to replace the trad

Use Your Words

Pitched by Yanesa Montenegro

Pitched by Yanesa Montenegro. Use Your Words will develop an app used by parents to teach language and communication to their pre-verbal and nonverbal children on the Autism spectrum. The app will be an interface of buttons with symbols representi