January 29, 2008

Project ECHO SponsorsSANTA MONICA, CA - Project ECHO has scheduled its fourth annual high school business plan competition for Sunday, February 24, 2008.  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 the opportunity to develop and present business plans to prominent members of the local business community.

Greatly expanding the Project ECHO footprint, this year’s competition features more teams and schools than ever before, and for the first time includes two Los Angeles Green Dot schools.  22 teams from 13 different high schools will participate this year, competing in one of three categories: New On-Campus Business, Existing On-Campus Business and New Business Concept. 

Winning teams from each category will receive a $1,000 award, second place teams will receive a $500 award and third place teams will receive a $250 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 seven 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 Schools

  • Animo Film and Theater Arts Charter High School (Green Dot)
  • Animo Watts 1 Charter High School (Green Dot)
  • Beverly Hills High School
  • Crenshaw High School
  • Gardena High School
  • Glendale High School
  • Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
  • Norwalk High School 
  • Santa Barbara High School
  • Santa Monica High School
  • Santa Susana High School
  • South Pasadena Unified School District
  • Venice High School

The public is invited to attend the competition on Sunday, February 24, 2008 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  During the morning session, all teams will present their business plans.  Winners will be announced in the afternoon and a networking session will follow.  The competition will be held on the UCLA campus at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Korn Hall.  Contact Project ECHO at (310) 434-2701 to reserve seats.

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 Greater Los Angeles.

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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