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Virtual Enterprise Goes Strong in Second Year

Virtual Enterprise Goes Strong in Second Year

Herrick High School’s two Virtual Enterprise firms joined more than fifty of their competitors to take part in the 8th Annual Long Island VE Business Plan Competition and Trade Show at Farmingdale State College on Jan. 9. The businesses, PACK'D and Home Plate, were both polished and professional projects that resulted from long hours, tremendous effort and dedication.

The students set up and manned trade show booths to present work that they spent approximately two months designing and creating. They also ventured throughout the multi-purpose event center of Roosevelt Hall to sell their products and services.

PACK’D, a fully customizable backpack company, and Home Plate, a farm-to-table meal kit service, presented their oral business plans to a panel of three judges from the business world. Participants from each firm walked the judges through a company overview, examined the external environment, described their marketing plan, and provided an in-depth analysis of each company’s financials. PACK'D was announced as one of the ten semi-finalists in the 2017-18 Business Plan Competition and will present their oral business plan in the final round of the Long Island Business Plan competition on Feb. 28 at the offices of the American Portfolios Financial Services building in Holbrook.  

Herricks can be proud of the work pitched by both firms. The executive team of PACK’D includes Alex Kohan, CEO; Emily Haller, COO; Kristy Wu, CFO; Pranav Bhimani, CMO; and Rushikesh Patel, CSO. The executive team of Home Plate includes Jasmine Kamdar, CEO; Tejas Patel, COO; Irene Tsahas, CFO; Simon Liu, CHO; and Garrick Lee, the Corporate Controller.

Additionally, Home Plate was awarded Gold Status in the 2018 Long Island Regional Competition for both their video commercial prepared by Jacky Yip, Philip Moon, and Bhavesh Patel and for their e-commerce website designed by Aaron Monteiro and Megha Chakraborty.

Virtual Enterprise was introduced at Herricks High School in the 2016-17 school year. Under the direction of teacher Liam O’Brien, the program opportunity affords students the opportunity to start their own virtual businesses and cultivate the skills that are involved in entrepreneurship.


PACK'D Photo      Home Plate Photo