Young Entrepreneurs of the RGV Challenge Winners


Vol.2, Iss. 9 | May 2021

Wow! Amazing! Awesome! Impressive! These are only a few ways to say, “Great Job!” These words describe the three finalist teams for the Young Entrepreneurs of the Rio Grande Valley Challenge. RGV LEAD would like to congratulate the finalists: 1st place went to Wize Eats by Teresa A. Velez of Weslaco East High School (pictured left); 2nd Place: Studio Café by Julietta Silva and Renata Perez of Brownsville Veterans Memorial Early College High School; and 3rd place: Maddy-May Masks by Zoey Martinez and Heather May of Lyford High School.

Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat, Account Executive for Schneider Electric and RGV LEAD Board Chair; Ryan Solis, Attorney and RGV LEAD Board member; Dr. Esmeralda Adame, South Texas College and RGV LEAD Board member; and Dr. Russell Adams from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley served as judges for the event.

A heartfelt Thank you is extended to the judges, business mentors, financial sponsors, and guest speakers who dedicated their time and effort to this unique event.

In addition, RGV LEAD would like to give a special shout-out to the Entrepreneurship Leadership Team from the RGV Partnership, Texas Gas Service, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, Schneider Electric, and UTRV Center for Innovation and Commercialization This was the first time the competition was held virtually; and it proved to be a great success. Students were asked to describe the pros and cons of the virtual competition, and they were quick to mention that much time was saved when meeting with their competition mentors and each other to plan and coordinate their presentations. Dropping the internet provided temporary problems, but these entrepreneurs could overcome them! Overall, the virtual competition was well received and may be a consideration in the future.

Wize Eats 1st place went to Wize Eats by Teresa A. Velez of Weslaco East High School Studio Cafe 2nd Place: Studio Café by Julietta Silva and Renata Perez of Brownsville Veterans Memorial Early College High School Maddy-May Masks 3rd place: Maddy-May Masks by Zoey Martinez and Heather May of Lyford High School.

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