Guppy Tank Business Contest

Guppy Tank

Submit your business idea for a chance to win a grand prize of $300!

Become your own boss!

Research, develop, and present a business concept that will reduce plastic pollution. It could be a hot, new invention. It could be an essential service. Or maybe it’s a bit of both. You’ll have a chance to present your idea and compete for funding to start your own business in the future!

Prizes

4th-8th Graders

  1. First place winner – $300 cash prize
  2. Second place winner – $200 cash prize
  3. Third place winner – $100 cash prize

9th-12th Graders

  1. First place winner – $300 cash prize
  2. Second place winner – $200 cash prize
  3. Third place winner – $100 cash prize

Contest Details

Submission deadline is April 2nd, 2019

This Year’s Challenge: For this year’s contest, your business idea must address plastic pollution in some manner. This could be a product, an invention, or a service. Let’s see how you plan to turn pollution into profit!

Rules: Contestants must create and present a business plan on their own business concept. Students may compete alone or in groups of up to four. Plans and presentations must be submitted by April 2nd via email (info@watermillexpress.com).

Judging: Each submission will be evaluated based on potential of business concept, originality, quality of business plan, grammar, presentation, and creativity.

Contest Rules & Prizes: Contest is open to children who, as of date of entry, are between grade levels 4th through 12th in the Rio Grande Valley. Contest is separated into two brackets: One for younger students (grades 4th-8th) and one for older students (grades 9th-12th). Make-A-Wish will receive $2,500 to help make a wish come true for a child in the Rio Grande Valley. Each submitted business idea or product must be the original work of the student. The business idea must have been conceived by the contestant and be the sole and original work of the contestant (although the contestant can be helped by a teacher, parent or legal guardian to explain the entry materials). Criteria will include, but is not limited to, potential of business concept, originality, quality of business plan, grammar, presentation, and creativity. Three finalists from each age bracket will be given the opportunity to present their ideas, in person, to a panel of judges. First place contest winner(s) will receive a one-time cash prize of $300. Second place contest winner(s) will receive a one-time cash prize of $200, and third place contest winner(s) will receive a one-time cash prize of $100. Contestants working as a team will receive one cash prize per team. Contest prizes are awards and gifts to winners from Watermill Express, LLC. No obligation applies. Business plans must be emailed to info@watermillexpress.com. Submit completed entry form with your submission. For more information call 1-800-839-2482 or visit www.watermillexpress.com/guppytank for complete details. Contest begins 2/13/2019 and ends 4/1/2019. Finalists announced by 4/15/2019 and present their ideas in person on 4/24/19.

Social impact

Watermill Express will also donate $5 to Make-A-Wish® for every business plan submitted, up to $2,500, to help make a wish come true for a child in the Rio Grande Valley.

Presented by Watermill Express to benefit Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley.