Business Plan Challenge

Vote for the People's Pick: 2016 Business Plan Challenge finalists


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

View the videos from the 2016 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.

Scroll down to view the videos of the elevator pitches.

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. Sunday, May 1, 2016.

 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 9, 2016.



Pitched by Marilu Kernan and Taryn Keim

AlphaTechBlocks will create digital interactive alphabet blocks. With the accompanying mobile apps, kids learn ABCs and words in English and Spanish.


Pitched by Christopher Daniels

Candidate.Guru is a big data analytics solution that can predict a culture fit between corporate hiring managers and prospective job seekers without the need for surveys and assessment tools.


Gift Wrap My Face

Pitched by Vanessa Clavijo and Aryel Rivero

Gift Wrap My Face is the cure for the common gift. It allows the gift-giver to design his or her own selfie wrapping paper.


Pitched by George Fernandez

Ride2MD is the Lyft for healthcare, providing an innovative solution that eliminates wasted time and effort by streamlining the transportation process with real time technology that offers complete transparency.

Shoes Dsire

Pitched by Jane Bernacca

Shoes Dsire is a dynamic social commerce tool that combines cutting-edge visual search technology with crowdsourcing to provide a faster and more personalized experience for shoe shoppers.


Pitched by Vijay Harrell

TradeLanes automates document preparation for exporters. Exporters can orchestrate demand planning, supplier performance, inventory management and end-to-end logistics in one application.




Pitched by Jonas Erthal, Franco Aquino and Julio Benavides

Joust is an online platform that facilitates the quoting and payment process for automotive services.


Pitched by David Johns and Aydin Bonabi

Jurbid is an online legal marketplace that seamlessly connects clients with lawyers.

Pooch Perks

Pitched by Tina Vidal

Pooch Perks is pet-parent purchased, dog tested and veterinarian approved; it provides a monthly customizable box of carefully curated goods for the pampered pooch.


Pitched by Rich Rudner

Settleitsoft offers a free, web-based debt negotiation platform that will help resolve the global economic problem of consumer default on contractual obligations.

SkyBox Checkout

Pitched by Taylor Philippi

SkyBox Checkout is an anywhere-to-anywhere international e-commerce checkout solution with shipment to 200 countries and territories and multicurrency in 140 local currencies.


Pitched by Alain Fernandez

ValueDoc is an online health and wellness marketplace for cash patients.