Class 2016


"Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow" present concepts for an app, a café and home-grown vegetables at Frankfurt School

10.06.2016, Frankfurt am Main

The five finalist teams of the "Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow" educational business plan contest presented their business ideas to a jury of local businessmen from the American-German Business Club Frankfurt at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management on Saturday, June 4. They had been chosen out of 21 submitted business plans.

Professor Dr Udo Steffens, president of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, welcomed the contestants as well as the jury and mentors and pointed to the need for younger entrepreneurs in today's business world. Innovation is necessary for Germany's competitive manufacturers, said Professor Steffens, with digital innovation becoming of ever greater importance.

Jim Herman, Consul General of the United States, spoke to the contestants and their families about the role of entrepreneurs in today's world. He congratulated all the Entrepreneur of Tomorrow contestants for their extra-curricular efforts, saying entrepreneurs are found everywhere where people make choices and can communicate their ideas to a broader network. He presented every finalist with a Certificate of Achievement for completing the program.

Vivian Roisko from the Frankfurt International School won first place and 1,000 Euros with her social media App "Love it?“. It is designed to provide market research on the buying habits of its teenage audience. Besra Gültekin, Carlotta Gemünd, Fabian Koenig, Marieli von Pückler and Rina Chernobylskaya all from Frankfurt's Goethe-Gymnasium presented the non-digital idea "I'm Open", taking second place: A centrally located café, matching different customers according to their interests, also featuring Brunches and even an artist showroom for new artists to display their works. Third prize was won by Catrin Böcher and Marc Myers, also from the Goethe-Gymnasium, with their hands-on gardening cooperation called "Urban Veggies". The aim is to provide a common garden to encourage community building and growing your own fresh produce.