The competition is open each year to high school students from New Jersey who submit their best and brightest business ideas in hopes of winning cash prizes and statewide recognition.
This year, the Institute received submissions from 682 students and a total of 36 student team winners were selected after three rounds of judging.
The evening honored student winners for ideas that were innovative and socially impactful and awarded three regional winners with a $250 cash prize and a full scholarship to the Rothman Institute’s Discover Business and Foreign Language Teen Camp that takes places this summer at the Florham Campus.
Following the awards ceremony, Tracey Early was the keynote speaker of this year’s Female Entrepreneur Lecture. Early is the managing principal and co-founder of Untracht Early LLC, an accounting firm in Florham Park.
Early shared her story of becoming an entrepreneur while also raising her child to inspire the student winners. Professor Ron West, chair of the accounting, taxation, and law department was the moderator for the discussion.
The event was generously sponsored by the TD Charitable Foundation, Citrin Cooperman, New Jersey Tech Council, DK Entrepreneur Academy and the New York Jets.
Part of FDU’s Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities.
For more information, go to www.fdu.edu/rothman.