Elkhart students’ business plan among top in nation

Three local students competed in Rochester, N.Y. with the company they created as a part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Three local students were among the top nine business teams in a national entrepreneurial competition on Friday, April 26.

Keenen Burnett of Concord High School, and Andrew Tefft and Tristen Singleton of Elkhart Memorial created their company, E&M Removal, an electronic and metal recycling service, through the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The trio presented the details of their company on Friday at the 2013 Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan Competition at the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

They did not win the $30,000 scholarship prize, but Kyle Hannon of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce said it was impressive for the Elkhart team to do so well on the national level in the program’s second year in Elkhart County.

A panel of local business leaders named the three students’ company the winner of a competition in March between local Young Entrepreneurs Academy students’ businesses. That earned them a spot in the national competition.

On Thursday evening, April 25, the trio’s company was named one of nine to move on from the semifinals to the finals competition, according to information from the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.

Through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, local high school students learn about business and entrepreneurship by developing and running their own businesses. The program is run through the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.

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