Real World company officials at their trade show booth.
Real World company officials at their trade show booth.

Huntington Virtual Enterprise Firms Win Awards

january 24, 2023

Huntington High School’s three Virtual Enterprise firms garnered awards at the business plan competition and trade show hosted by Long Island University in Brookville.

Huntington’s OmniBus firm was one of 40 teams that will now advance to the business plan semi-final round on February 8. The firm’s presentation team includes Nikolai Seferia (CEO), Ryan Lawless (COO), Sophie Lange (CHRO), Ava Tizzio (CTO) and Izabela Cuji (CFO).

The 2023 regional conference and exhibition drew more than 2,000 students, educators and business leaders with over 100 firms representing the virtual economy. Teams competed for their booth design, sales pitches and more.

OmniBus passed muster with a panel of judges comprised of business experts and leaders and will now vie in the semi-final round next month. The National Business Plan finals are set for April in Manhattan.

OmniBus also won Silver Awards in the e-commerce and newsletter competitions at the LI regional. Huntington’s Real World Virtual Enterprise firm also captured a Silver Award in the newsletter competition. Huntington’s Pulse VE firm won a Gold Award in the newsletter contest and a Silver Award for Sales Material competition.

OmniBus is now in the midst of preparations for the semi-final round of the National Business Plan competition. The firm has high hopes for success.

“The VE National Business Plan competition challenges VE students from across the country to demonstrate their global business expertise through written business plans and oral presentations,” according to an overview of the contest. “The competition showcases best practices, rewards excellence and trains high school students to apply sophisticated knowledge and skills attributed to business professionals and college students. Teams from across the country participate in local and regional competitions to qualify for this event. The competition represents an opportunity for the VE community to motivate and reward its best performing VE teams and builds momentum for an already fast growing, unique program.”