Winners from 2017

2018 New Jersey Business Idea Competition

New Jersey high school students, grades 9 through 12, 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.

Competition details

The submission deadline is March 2, 2018.

Awards for each of three regions in New Jersey:

  • Statewide Winner: $300
  • Regional Winners: $100
  • Finalists: Certificates, $75
  • Semifinalists: Certificates, $50

Competition Awards Ceremony

April 20, 2018
Lenfell Hall in The Mansion (Hennessy Hall)
Florham Campus
Madison, New Jersey

To register for our awards ceremony and Female Entrepreneur Lecture, please call us at 973-443-8842 or email us at with "Female Entrepreneur Lecture" in the subject line.

Our 2018 Sponsors:

NJ Tech Council NY Jets Ultracht Early

The competition

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.

Guidelines and rules

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

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. Winners may bring two guests to the awards ceremony.

If you have any questions, email us at 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.

Additional benefits

Discover Business Teen Camp
Winners are entitled to a 25 percent discount off of tuition.
Learn more about this popular teen camp.

Regional winners receive full camp tuition, a $510 value
Semi-finalists and finalists receive $200 off
Applicants receive $100 off


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Silberman College of Business
  • Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • New Jersey Tech Council
  • New York Jets

Rothman Facebook Connect with Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Facebook.

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

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