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Students Compete In Biz Challenge

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

On April 9, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.

“We worked hard together, and was great to have the opportunity to propose our business idea,” said Joe DiBartola. “Our proposed business is called Safe-Go. It provides a green leasing company of electric cars”.

This year students have the opportunity to win $10,000 scholarships to Hofstra University or Adelphi University, Healthplex and Deloitte are supplying cash prizes of $5,000 each, with Emblem Health putting up $2,500 and Jzanus Home Care offering a $750 prize.

“My office has created a competition where the leaders of tomorrow will be challenged today to come up with business ideas that they feel will thrive in Nassau County,” Comptroller George Maragos said. “The development around the Coliseum will be one of the largest projects in the county and the challenge will provide students with an exciting opportunity to come up with innovative and youthful business ideas.”