More than $15,000 was given to high school student competitors as start-up money yesterday at the 4th Annual Regional Business Plan Competition.
YEScarolina was able to award start-up cash to 35 entrepreneurs that presented their ideas and innovations to judges throughout the day through community partnerships with Motley Rice, MWV, Suntrust, Parker Poe, the Bakker Family and the Exchange Club of Charleston
During the competition, held at the College of Charleston School of Business, business owners competed in multiple rounds of competition before six finalists advanced to the closing round.
Connor Simonson, a senior at Wando High School, won the first place prize of $1,000 for his innovative business idea, Deep Fried Dyes.
The second place prize of $500 went to Matthew Root from James Island Charter High for M&B ATM LLC.
The third place prize of $250 went to Maddy Bessinger of West Ashley High School for her business Eat, Sit, Play.
Hunter Price of West Ashley High School for Bag-a-Field, Kinley DuRant of James Island Charter for MMM Services and Christian Davis of Ashley Ridge High School for Cultural Cooks were the runners-up.
The six entrepreneurs now advance to the State Business Plan Competition presented by the Mark Motley Foundation on June 17 at the College of Charleston School of Business.