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Prep students present original business plans at Third Annual Business Plan Showcase
Prep students present original business plans at Third Annual Business Plan Showcase
Maegan Azpiazu

Photos by Kayla Patel '17

On Tuesday, March 14, Gulliver Prep's International Business and Entrepreneurship program hosted its Third Annual Business Plan Showcase. Leading up to the showcase, students competed in classroom business plan competitions, with the top six teams moving on to pitch their original business ideas to a panel of judges and the Gulliver Community.

This year's panel saw four returning judges: Frank Steel, Gulliver's Head of Schools; Dan Vigdor '88, market leader in BPA-free baby bottles and founder of LV Holdings; Nancy Dahlberg, Miami Herald business journalist; and Tom Hudson, News Director at WLRN 91.3. Joining them were Emma Guitar, a third-year Gulliver business student whose team won first place at Innovate SFL last year; Tatiana Goldstein, Managing Director with Octagon Capital Group; and Gulliver alum and board member, Ana Hughes-Freund '89, Director of Business Development for Conde Nast Latin America.

Students presented business plans that covered a wide spectrum of problems and opportunities. In what was a very close race, Fresh Zone took top honors, with SupportMe taking second place and Illumina coming in third.

Fresh Zone will now represent Gulliver at Innovate SFL, the culminating event for young entrepreneurs from top private schools across South Florida. Competing against 10 other schools, Fresh Zone will look to give Gulliver back-to-back Innovate SFL victories, as last year's winner, VitaPet – a nutritional supplement for pets – was also designed by a group of Gulliver students.

Innovate SFL will take place Monday, March 27 at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Idea Center at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register to attend, click here.

A fast-casual restaurant serving meals that are both healthy and affordable, Fresh Zone was created by Dania Fernandez '19, Alex Anton '19 and Orest Danyliv '17. The restaurant aims to make dietary health more accessible by cooking its meals with nutritionally-dense yet low-cost ingredients.

SupportMe is a social media app designed to help people between the ages of 12-25 dealing with a variety of emotional issues. Presented by Vivi Cardoso '18, Harrison Kellner '18 and Axel Rizo '18, SupportMe offers a secure platform where users are able to share experiences and receive the support they need.

Illumina, created by Savant Patel '19, Sofia Hornstein '18 and Max Marrero '19, is a lighting company that harnesses technology in order to enhance productivity and alleviate distractions. The company's first product, the Illumina PowerStudy Desk Lamp, creates an ideal working ambiance that increases efficiency through the science of lighting.

Sebastian Canedo '19 and Michel Roitberg '19 teamed up to create FanLife, an app made by sports fans, for sports fans. It encompasses aspects from different sports applications while adding original features to generate the best possible experience on a sports platform.

JuiceVend is a new and innovative vending machine that allows customers to drink a freshly made juice in a convenient location. Creators Felipe Benavides '18, Andrea De Haro '18 and Victor Sacal '18 say they aim to service those looking for a healthy snack option without the hassle of leaving work.

Gluten-Free Zone, created by Jamie Shapiro '19, Alexandra Yaniz '19 and Juliana Yaniz '19, is an app that provides necessary information for anyone following a gluten-free diet, either by choice or necessity. It provides easy access to gluten-free products, recipes, meal plans, restaurants and more.

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