Virtual Enterprise returned March 12th from Oakland and San Francisco with multiple awards, notably first and second place in the Venture Capital competition.
Virtual Enterprise is a Business Academy class for seniors that emulates a business. Similar to real corporations, in each class, there are multiple departments, such as Human Resources, Sales, and Accounting, with a CEO and CFO as their leaders.
This year, there are two companies: 1st Period’s The Great Park Wildlife Center, an animal rescue center that focuses on education and interactivity, and 3rd Period’s Abeille, a humane beekeeping company that produces honey and other bee products.
On Saturday, both classes took the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from Oakland into San Francisco. They journeyed past Pier 31 and visited Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. To their surprise, a large group of nudist cyclists biked past both classes around Fisherman’s Wharf.
“I really liked San Fran and I’m very proud of Abeille. However, I definitely could’ve gone without the pack of crazy, naked bikers,” said Renae Andrade, Abeille’s Vice President of Accounting and Business Plan member.
On Sunday, both The Great Park Wildlife Center and Abeille participated in the oral competitions: Marketing Plan, H.R. Scenario, and Venture Capital. After the first rounds of presentation, Venture Capital teams from both classes discovered that they had advanced to the final round. The other two competitions, however, were based on only one round of presentations, so they didn’t have finals.
After round one, the Virtual Enterprise classes visited Chinatown then returned for Venture Capital to compete in round two. After competition, they took their bus out to San Francisco again to visit the shopping districts, the trolleys, and Ghirardelli Square again.
Kim Ramos, Sarah Yuen, Alex Samprietro (left to right)
After the trade show, the award ceremony commenced. Awards were given to the top ten companies in each category (results of both classes are at the end). Notably, Abeille won 1st in Best Booth, 2nd in Salesmanship, and 2nd in Marketing Plan. The Great Park Wildlife Center won 1st in Venture Capital.
“It was really great to see our hard work, long hours, and passion for our business translate into success,” said Raquel Friedmann, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Abeille.
& Vanessa Gonzales (left to right) who placed 2nd.
Overall, Abeille did better in placing than The Great Park Wildlife Center for a majority of the competitions. They placed higher in almost all competitions, besides the Venture Capital competition.
“We did what we could and I’m proud of the effort that we’ve put in throughout the year,” said Cesar Chavez, the CEO of The Great Park Wildlife Center.
“I’m really proud of our improvement. We placed higher for most of the awards than we did in Bakersfield because we took it as a great learning experience and learned from our mistakes. A true Abeille quality!” said Elena Perez, Abeille’s Vice President of Public Relations and was in charge of their booth.
With the end of this trade show marked the end of Virtual Enterprise for a majority of students, except for both classes’ Business Plan competition teams, who are competing in New York during the week of March 26th. Upon returning home, CMHS Principal Dr. Phil D’Agostino made sure to congratulate the Virtual Enterprise classes on their victories. He and his daughter will also accompany both Business Plan teams to the New York Nationals Competition to support them.
“Our company did a fantastic job in Oakland. Now the business plan team is ready to dominate in New York,” said Brooke Morrow, the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of The Great Park Wildlife Center.
Abeille (3rd Period Virtual Enterprise)
1st in Best Booth
2nd in Marketing
2nd in Human Resources Scenario
2nd in Salesmanship
3rd place in Venture Capital
5th in Commercial
The Great Park Wildlife Center (1st Period Virtual Enterprise)
1st in Venture Capital
5th in Newsletter
6th in Marketing
7th in Commercial
7th in Human Resources Scenario
9th in Sales Catalog