February 12, 2007

SANTA MONICA, CA – Project ECHO has scheduled its third annual high school business plan competition for Saturday, February 24, 2007.  Hosted by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and UCLA Anderson School of Management, this annual competition provides Southern California high school students an opportunity to develop and present business plans to prominent members of the local business community.

This year, 15 teams from 8 different school districts will participate, competing in one of three categories: Existing On-Campus Business, New On-Campus Business and New Business Concept.  Winning teams from each category will receive a $500 award, while second place teams will receive a $300 award.  All other teams will receive a $150 participation award.  In addition, Project ECHO will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing resources and support in seeking out opportunities to finance their business ideas.

During the six weeks leading up to the competition, UCLA Anderson MBA students mentor the participating teams.  The Anderson students visit classrooms to teach the Project ECHO business plan curriculum, meet with teams to review their written plans and prepare students for their verbal presentations.

Participating School Districts

  • Beverly Hills Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Newport-Mesa Unified School District
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
  • Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • South Pasadena Unified School District
  • Simi Valley Unified School District

The public is invited to attend the second round of the competition, to watch finalists present their business plans, on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  A networking session and award presentation will follow.  The competition will be held at UCLA Anderson's Korn Hall.  Contact Project ECHO at (310) 434-2701 to reserve seats.

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About Project ECHO
Project ECHO hosts an annual Business Plan Competition with UCLA Anderson School of Management and provides start-up and ongoing support to on-campus businesses in high schools in Los Angeles County.

Project ECHO is unique among organizations that provide business education to K-12 in its emphasis on fostering on-campus businesses.  Project ECHO encourages hands-on, experiential learning through the development and support of on-campus businesses and integrating modules on new-business creation into career-technology courses.

Project ECHO was founded in 1996 in New York City, and has moved its operations to Los Angeles County.  It has run many successful programs in high schools throughout the county, and most recently its program at Santa Monica High School took first place at the SAGE World Cup Competition in Shanghai, China.

To find out more about Project ECHO, please visit www.projectecho.org.

About The Entrepreneur Association
The Entrepreneur Association (EA) is the largest student organization at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  The EA offers its more than 500 members a wide range of extracurricular activities, from mentoring relationships and networking events to opportunities for experiential learning.

The Entrepreneur Association works closely with the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  The Price Center provides curriculum, research, and experiential learning programs that prepare MBA candidates for the challenges of management in entrepreneurial environments.

To find out more about EA, please visit www.uclamba.com.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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