23 Teams Participate in Largest Illinois Business Plan Competition Yet

By January 11, 2016 April 28th, 2020 Midwest, News


On Friday, December 4 at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus, twenty-three VEI Illinois firms competed in the 2015 Illinois Business Plan Competition. Despite an increase in the number of competing teams, Underwrapz finished in the top spot for the third year in a row. Both Underwrapz and the second place Envision North will advance to compete at the 2016 National Business Plan Competition in New York City on April 17, 2016.

All students did an amazing job and the judges were very impressed with the students’ work.  Students will use the feedback from the judges to adjust business ideas throughout the year.

Top 3 Teams

CompetitionPlaceVE FirmSchoolCityState
Advanced Website1stPrimeMaine East HSPark RidgeIL
Advanced Website2ndGolden Ram EnterprisesHolt HSHoltMI
Advanced Website3rdCore Inc.Timothy Christian HSElmhurstIL
Advanced WebsiteTop 25%BladeMaine East HSPark RidgeIL
Best Booth1stArea 304Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
Best Booth2ndLimitlessElmwood Park HSElmwood ParkIL
Best Booth3rdUnwindCrystal Lake South HSCrystal LakeIL
Company Newsletter1stClever ContraptionsSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Company Newsletter2ndLimitlessElmwood Park HSElmwood ParkIL
Company Newsletter3rdCore Inc.Timothy Christian HSElmhurstIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%ApexNeuqua Valley HSNapervilleIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%Area304Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%Electric AvenueSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%GoodieBoxWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%SmartHacksSomonauk High SchoolSomonaukIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%Timber ToneCivic Memorial HSBethaltoIL
Company NewsletterTop 25%Xtreme Comfort, Inc.St. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
E-Commerce Website1stCanopyRochester Adams HSRochesterIL
E-Commerce Website2ndClever ContraptionsSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
E-Commerce Website3rdElectric AvenueSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%32 BelowBeech HSHendersonvilleTN
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%Area304Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%CA EnterprisesCarman Ainsworth HSFlint TownshipMI
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%HorizonsSt. Charles North HSSt. CharlesIL
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%Never EndingMetea Valley HSAuroraIL
E-Commerce WebsiteTop 25%Outside the BoxFenton HSBensenvilleIL
Elevator Pitch1stGoodie Box: Kevin CongWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Elevator Pitch2ndTailored Tronics: Mariam Khan & Ethan StaubWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Elevator Pitch3rd32 Below: Josh ShetlerBeech HSHendersonvilleTN
Finance1stHeadlinerzWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Finance2ndGoodie BoxWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Finance3rdBrillareSt. Charles North HSSt. CharlesIL
Human Resources1stClever ContraptionsSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Human Resources2ndNever EndingMetea Valley HSAuroraIL
Human Resources3rdHeadlinerzWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Impact Marketing1stArea 304Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
Impact Marketing2ndUnwindCrystal Lake South HSCrystal LakeIL
Impact Marketing3rdApexNeuqua Valley HSNapervilleIL
Marketing Plan1stGoodie BoxWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Marketing Plan2ndHeadlinerzWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Marketing Plan3rd32 BelowBeech HSHendersonvilleTN
Sales Materials1stPrimeMaine East HSPark RidgeIL
Sales Materials2ndLimitlessElmwood Park HSElmwood ParkIL
Sales Materials3rdClever ContraptionsSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Sales MaterialsTop 25%A.S.H. RealtyOwosse HSOwossoMI
Sales MaterialsTop 25%ApexNeuqua Valley HSNapervilleIL
Sales MaterialsTop 25%Core IncTimothy Christian HSElmhurstIL
Sales MaterialsTop 25%Electric AvenueSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Sales MaterialsTop 25%Golden Ram Health & FitnessHolt HSHoltMI
Sales MaterialsTop 25%SlurpCareerline Tech CenterHollandMI
Sales MaterialsTop 25%CampUSCary-Grove High SchoolCaryIL
Sales Pitch1stGoodie BoxWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL
Sales Pitch2ndElectric AvenueSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Sales Pitch3rdArea 304Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
Video Commercial1stPrimeMaine East HSPark RidgeIL
Video Commercial2ndSlurpCareerline Tech CenterHollandMI
Video Commercial3rdAffinityNeuqua Valley HSNapervilleIL
Video CommercialTop 25%CatalystNeuqua Valley HSNapervilleIL
Video CommercialTop 25%Clever ContraptionsSt. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
Video CommercialTop 25%RamPride, Inc.Montrose Hill-McCloy HSMontroseMI
Video CommercialTop 25%Tailored TronicsWaubonsie Valley HSAuroraIL

Top 8 Teams

  • Area 304, Geneva High School
  • Envision North, Belvidere North High School
  • Limitless, Elmwood Park High School
  • MetaNova, Metea Valley High School
  • NeverEnding, Metea Valley High School
  • Prime, Maine East High School
  • Skyline Entertainment, St. Charles North High School
  • Underwrapz, Crystal Lake South High School


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