Poly High School students won first place overall and several other awards at the Project ECHO High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition held recently at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
The $1,000 top prize and other first, second and third place prizes in various categories earned the Poly students a combined $3,750. Teams of students from the high school won in categories including food, technology and retail. Jeff Montooth is the Project ECHO lead teacher at Poly.
Members of Poly's top prize-winning group are Naveed Torabzadeh, Graham Metzker, Adam Traut, Lucas Pruett, Bryce Martinez and Sebastian Matiauda.
The Project ECHO (Entrepreneurial Concepts Hands On) competition simulates the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from investors. The competitions are a culmination of a year-long academic project that provided students with the knowledge, ability, creativity and team environment they needed to turn business ideas into reality. Project ECHO is celebrating its 20th anniversary and started in Santa Monica.