Through a partnership with community sponsors such as Mark Motley, Motley Rice LLC, and Bank of America, YEScarolina hosts in-school competitions and a state business plan competitions. Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of business plan competitions as a part of their entrepreneurship class curriculum. Students will build their business plan over the course of their class. Once completed, they will present their ideas to local businessmen and women serving as judges. The top students are eligible to win seed money ranging from $100 to $3,000 throughout the course of the competitions to help fund the creation of their businesses.
2017 MARK MOTLEY STATE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION WINNERS
First Place Winner ($3,000): Colin Posnanski of Wando High School
- Shoelace Society – Shoelace Society offers premium quality, limited run, shoelace-based fashion accessories. For every pair of shoelaces sold, $1 goes to charity
Second Place Winner – $2,000: Jasmine Adams of Bishop England High School
- Smudgies – Smudgies® are 4×4 inch double-layered fabric squares, consisting of a patterned and solid-colored side made of varying polyester/spandex blends. Without any added water or cleanser, you can simply wipe away unwanted makeup.
Third Place Winner – $1,000: Harrison Griffith of Bishop England High School
- Chuck Town Reclaimed – Chuck Town Reclaimed recycles local materials to turn into beautiful, custom-made furniture.