Experiential Learning

The Business Challenge

With the goal of using economic theory to solve real-world problems, students in AP Macroeconomics/Microeconomics participate in the Miami Herald’s Business Plan Challenge. Working in teams, students identify market problems, generate products or services that solve them, develop strategies for taking their solutions to market and prepare financials required for any business plan. RE has won the competition twice and finished in the top three several other years. After the competition, students present their plans to a panel of entrepreneurship experts and receive feedback on their ideas, execution and presentation.

Since 2014, RE students have also competed in the South Florida Private School Business Challenge to benefit the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. NFTE, a non-profit organization, provides training for young entrepreneurs in underserved communities.


List of 2 news stories.

  • RE juniors, Anders Aagaard ’21, Samuel Lindemann ’21 and Walker White ’21, present their plan for PetFit

    PetFit wins RE Business Plan Challenge

    Three Ransom Everglades juniors who love their dogs and want to ensure their pets’ long-term wellbeing devised a harness equipped with electronics to monitor a dog’s health and location. Their plan for PetFit, unveiled during the 7th Annual Business Plan Challenge March 2 at the Pagoda, proved the favorite of an alumni panel of judges and advanced to the Innovate South Florida 2020 High School Business Plan Competition.
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  • Seniors finish second in Herald business challenge

    Holly Steinberg '19 and Nicole Bremer '19 finished in second place in the Teen Track of the 2019 Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition with their business plan for CamBlok!, a simple product designed to foil digital hackers by covering a laptop's camera. Steinberg and Bremer worked on the project in their AP Macroeconomics/Microeconomics class under teacher Jen Nero. Read the full story from the April 29 edition of the Miami Herald here.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.