First prize ($1000 USD): Glaudine Auguste
|Me, Glaudine and Junior, our 1st- and 2nd-place winners.|
Second prize ($600): Junior Senecharles
An avid gardener, Junior capitalized on his talents to put together an outstanding plan for growing and distributing fresh vegetables to Leogane food merchants. Local markets carry vegetables that are typically shipped from the Dominican Republic or further, and many varieties are not widely available. Junior’s friends with restaurant and grocery operations expressed interest in better-quality, locally-grown produce, and Junior designed an enterprise to meet those needs. He plans to use the prize money to purchase the seeds, agricultural inputs, and transportation he will need to grow and distribute the food around Leogane. A well-liked community member, he plans to use his many local contacts to initially market and expand his business. Though initial inputs will be expensive, Junior has drawn up a proposition that promises considerable long-term profitability.
According to the judges, a panel of accomplished Haitian businessmen, Junior’s venture rose above the pack because of its innovation, attention to local needs, and potential for profitable success. They felt that this young father of three also has the attitude, drive, and people skills necessary to become an impactful business leader in Leogane.
|The audience reacts to a comment during the live panel.|
What made Winchelot stand out among well over 100 other business plans? The panel who selected him did not know him, so it wasn't his diligent English studies that gave him the prize. Winchelot's plan was clear and carefully thought out. His passion and drive to make his business succeed was clear in his plan. Such vision is extremely rare among the broader population but is especially rare in a teenager still in high school. We look forward to seeing what places his entrepreneurial spirit will take him in the future.
(Thanks to Dustin Homer, Zach Christensen and Melissa Arenas for their contributions to this post.)