Entreprenurial Teen Grand Challenge Participants Wow Judges

The Quality Mobile Small Engine Repair Team from Espanola took First Place in the Entreprenurial Teen Grand Challenge and received $400 to build their business. The event was held Monday at UNM-Los Alamos as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest 2014. Judges were impressed by the achievable goals outlined in their proposal. Seven teams from around northern New Mexico competed in the Challenge, presenting their business plan to a panel of six judges. Team members, from left, Alejandro Atencio, Joshua Lopez and lead mechanic Xena Martinez. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Second place winner Savannah Martinez, 14, of Los Alamos received $300 to build her business, Genesis Eggs. The judges were impressed by her plan to expand her business to include compost and chicken manure as well as eggs produced by her 14 chickens. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
A team from Santa Fe took third place for their business plan for The Party Cup. The business will market a solo cup for parties that can detect the presence of date rape durgs and change color if they are present. They received $200. The judges were impressed by their plan for a product that would solve a social program. Team members from left kneeling, are Tatiana Pineda, Ana Ochoa, Yazmin Rodriguez, Teara Herrera and Kayla Garcia. Judges from left standing, Nicholas Seet, Micheline Devaurs, Carol Rutton, John Chavez, Ted Lopez and Duncan McBranch pose with the team. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com.
Jonmichael ‘Buddy’ Weaver of Los Alamos received a special award of $100 for Best Presentation as well as the promise that the judges would purchace $20 worth of his fresh roasted coffee. Weaver’s business, Buddy’s Beans, provides fresh ground coffee to order. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
The members of Santa Fe team Mob 10 Deep, a video game design firm will receive advice from judge Nicholas Seet on how to do crowd funding and a meeting with John Chavez, president of New Mexico Angels and his group of investors that provide start-up capital to new businesses. Team members, from left, Isaiah Peterson and Wyatt Turner. Judge Duncan McBranch, chief technology officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, gives the team the good news while the other judges look on. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Espanola team, New Age Technology, present their plan to create and market cordless, voice-activated headphones. Team members, from left, Ann Marie Atencio, Maria Roybal and Jose Ortega. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Lucie Goodhart, left, and Dakota Waterson present their plan for Mockingbird Books, a bilingual bookstore and literacy tutoring center. The judges were impressed by the combination of for profit and non-profit concepts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Entreprenurial Teen Grand Challenge judges, from left, John Chavez, president of New Mexico Angels;Ted Lopez of the Small Business Development Center housed at UNM-Los Alamos; Duncan McBranch, chief Technology officer at LANL; Nicholas Seett founder of the Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA); Micheline Devaurs, program manager for market transfer at LANL; and Carol Rutton, deputy director of Community Programs at LANL. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com