2017 New Jersey Business Idea Competition

NJ high school students may submit their best and brightest business ideas using our online application form. Teams are also eligible. Cash awards and scholarships can be shared among team members.

Submission deadline is February 24.

Competition Awards Ceremony
April 7, 2017
Lenfell Hall in The Mansion (Hennessy Hall)
Florham Campus
Madison, New Jersey

Awards for each of three regions in New Jersey:

  • Regional Winners: $250 plus an FDU Scholarship of $10,000 per year, renewable, totaling $40,000 over four years while at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • Finalists: Certificates, $50
  • Semifinalists: Certificates, $25

Students will also receive complimentary legal advice on copyrights and trademarks, along with mentoring, from our legal sponsor, Gearhart Law.

Students are given the challenge to create a business idea and submit it to a panel of judges comprised of University professors and experts in business and entrepreneurship. Students with the most innovative ideas and business proposals will be awarded scholarships, certificates, and cash prizes and recognized at our awards ceremony, where they will get to connect and network with other creative and innovative high school students from across New Jersey.

Above: Female Entrepreneur Lecturer, Michele Logan, with NJ Business Idea Competition winners on April 1, 2016.

Guidelines and Rules.

All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in New Jersey high schools are eligible to apply. This includes students enrolled in public, private, vo-technical, charter, and home-schools.

To redeem the award, the winner(s) must complete the Freshman Application for Admission and be accepted to one of our New Jersey locations. The NJ Business Idea Competition scholarship award may not be combined with other University scholarship awards. If an additional university scholarship of a greater value is offered at the time of acceptance, the winner(s) may select the award of greater value. This award may not be transferred. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and remain enrolled full-time to renew this award.

To apply to FDU, visit FDU Admissions.

Winners who are unable to attend the awards ceremony (due to spring break field trips) are required to have a teacher or parent/guardian/relative attend and accept their award on their behalf. Due to IRS guidelines and University policy, any winner receiving a cash prize is required to provide their Social Security number. It is the responsibility of both the teacher/advisor and student applicants to notify the student applicants' parents/guardians of this policy. Winners will be contacted via phone for this information.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at rothman@fdu.edu with "Teen Biz" in the subject line or call 973-443-8842.

We encourage you to enroll in the Online Creativity and Innovation module to receive a certificate. This may help you develop a winning idea, and it looks great on your resume and college application! All competition applicants can participate in this online module at no charge. Let us know if you need financial assistance for any other modules.

Discover Business Teen Camp special discounts:
Regional winners receive full camp tuition, a $510 value
Semi-finalists and finalists receive $200 off
Applicants receive $100 off
Learn more about this popular teen camp.

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2016 New Jersey Business Idea Competition Highlights

Northern Region Winners

Regional Winner: Sanjana Srinivasan, Bridgewater Raritan High School, Frosted World


Stephen Lu and Greg Volynsky, Bergen County Academies, Cycle: A Toy Subscription
Tracey Nguyen, Ridgefield Park High School, H20 Awareness
Peter Park, Bergen County Academies, CubePonics


Jeremy Aibel and Robert Mikesh, Tenafly High School, First Responder
Brett Genzer, Livingston High School, U Kicks
Moustapha Kourouma and Thomas Hum, Bergen County Academies, TrendEZ
Ryan Leung and Aaditya Mehta, Bergen County Academies, Scan N' Play
Matthew Pluzsik, N. Valley Regional High School Demarest, CozySole
Charlie Trinco and Alyssa Lackland, W. Morris Mendham High School, Miroir
Greg Volynsky, Bergen County Academies, ProVid Productions
Perri Wang and Jonah Sohn, Bergen County Academies, BabyBangle: Wellness and Health Companion

Southern Region Winners

Regional Winner:

Mike Zurzolo, Cherokee High School, Run Support-Running For Those That Can't


Michael Nessler, Cherokee High School, PedalPower
Kenneth Ying, Cherokee High School, Sleep Strap-Rest Easy Knowing Your Monitor is Smart
Yulin Zhu and William Zheng, Ranney School, Melon Juice


Zach Ellis, Cherokee High School, Speed Don't Read
CJ Lee, Cherokee High School, Quick Order
Aleah Levecchia, Cherokee High School, Jeweltrack
Megan McIntyre, Cherokee High School, HotBoots
Milan Mirchandani, David Shore, Brett Seifried, Moorestown High School, Find My Ballz
Victoria Rawden, Cherokee High School, Stop Complaining
Dilan Trivedi, Reeves Balderson, Kyle Loveland, Moorestown High School, WaterGate Swim Shorts
Caroline Voyack, Nicole Tsarouhas, Max Rohan, Moorestown High School, ischoolU





2017 Sponsors

Fairleigh Dickinson University and Silberman College of Business.

Co-sponsors: TD Charitable Foundation
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2016 Sponsors

Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Silberman College of Business.

Co-sponsors: TD Charitable Foundation, New York Jets, New Jersey Tech Council, Gearhart Law

TD Bank Foundation
Gearhart Law

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