VANTAGE Students Win $15,000 in Business Competition
VANTAGE Students Win $15,000 in Business Competition

VANTAGE students took first and second place at the annual St. Thomas Business Plan Competition, winning a total of $15,000 to develop their ideas on Friday, February 16, at the University of St. Thomas.

Six of VANTAGE's Global Business students took their Shark Tank business plans and submitted them to the annual St. Thomas Business Plan Competition. There are two divisions of competition – university and high school – with a top prize in each of $10,000 cash. Additional prizes of $5,000 will be awarded for the best overall pitch in each division.

Out of five business plans that made it to the final competition, four are from VANTAGE's Global Business students, and they took home both first and second place in the High School Division.

  • 1st Place Winner Jacob Trebil: Cobra Kendama ($10K winner)
  • 2nd Place Winner Sarah Butcher: Lunch Box ($5K winner)
  • Finalists also include William Honey: Influx Outlet and Preston Chan, Nick Gordon, Ryan McCarthy: InstaCare Business Plan

In addition to current students, Tanner Podzimek, a 2016 MHS alumni and two-year VANTAGE student was selected as a finalist in the University Division.

Minnetonka High School's professional studies program, VANTAGE, is a vibrant example of innovation in modern education. VANTAGE offers a unique way for high school students to apply their course work in real-world settings through hands-on learning, solving authentic business problems through project-based assignments, and working one-on-one with mentors in the community, all while fulfilling rigorous academic credit requirements.

Interested in registering your student for VANTAGE next year? Visit the VANTAGE Website to learn more.

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