What is the Business Plan Competition?

YEScarolina hosts in-school competitions and a state business plan competition. Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of business plan competitions as the capstone project of their entrepreneurship class. Students build their business plans over the course of their class. Once completed, they 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.


How it works:

The business plan competition represents middle and high school entrepreneurship classes from across the state. All student competitors who have placed first or second in a class business plan competition are eligible to compete on the state level hosted in Columbia, South Carolina. The YEScarolina Annual Business Plan Competition hosts 50 to 60 top youth entrepreneurs with three rounds of competition. The final round of competition showcases the best and brightest ideas in the state and each student has an opportunity to present their business plan for a chance to win seed money to launch their venture.

Meet the winners of the 2023 YEScarolina State Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to the outstanding entrepreneurship teachers that made this happen for your students. We appreciate all your hard work, dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm! WOOHOO! Please stay tuned for the 2024 State Business Plan Competition.

1st Place $3,000

Khamya Means | R.D. Anderson Applied Technical Center
Teacher: Kelly Kiser
"Mya Cosmetics offers cruelty, gluten, and vegan free lip glosses by using just lip gloss base and skin loving oils."

2nd Place $2,000

Lillian Cook | Crescent High School
Teacher: Joseph Long
"Lily's Gumballs provide schools and other areas with gumball machines that use sugar-free gumballs, reducing waste from gum wrappers and helping kids focus more."

3rd Place $1,000

Leilany Diaz | Crescent High School
Teacher: Joseph Long
"Fresa Bakery offers hand-made cake pops in a variety of flavors and sizes to accommodate both individuals and large groups. Other treats are also available such as strawberries, pretzels, and rice krispy treats."

4th Place $500

Jazmynn Fernandors | R.D. Anderson Applied Technical Center
Teacher: Kelly Kiser
"H.M.S is a non-profit mentor group for black teens and young adults that is funded and promoted by partnerships and donations. This mentor group helps guide individuals in the right direction to promote self growth and self healing. This will be accomplished by participation in games, events, discussions, and trips."

5th Place $500

Brayden Newton | Westside High School
Teacher: Michaela Hackman
"PEER provides tutoring with flexible hours and a self-paced structure so that students feel comfortable and not rushed."

2023 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to David Frailix of Wando High School for winning the 2023 YEScarolina State Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year Award! He received a $1,000 check and a plaque for this prestigious recognition.  We celebrate your success and CONGRATULATIONS! 


2023 State Business Plan Competition

Get ready and save the date for our 12th Annual State Business Plan Competition to be held in Columbia, SC!

Brookland Baptist Youth and Teen Center
1066 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC

Friday, April 21st, 2023 8am-5pm

Featuring keynote speaker and award-winning baker and entrepreneur, Carrie Morey of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Teacher Submissions

One-stop shop for registration and paperwork submissions, for teachers and competing students.

The deadline to submit is Friday, March 31, 2023.

Register Here

Judges Needed!

We are seeking judges to partake in this exciting event! Judging slots are about a 2 hour commitment. It is an incredible opportunity to share your expertise and your business knowledge with high school students as they navigate their entrepreneurial journey. Register below!

Register Here