Upscale Seafood and Tapas Restaurant Concept Wins CCPS Biz Challenge!

Congratulations to Mia Romeo and all of the student finalists!

finalists and judges sillyPictured: Competition finalists and CCPS Biz Challenge Judges (and of course Mike…)


On Wednesday April 29, twelve innovative Carroll County students comprising ten teams pitched their business ideas at the CCPS Biz Challenge finale for a chance to win the $5,000 Startup Scholarship.  The finalists represented each of Carroll County’s eight public schools, plus the Carroll County Career & Tech Center, and wild card pick by the CCPS Biz Challenge Advisory Board.  The finalists had five minutes to present their idea, followed by two minutes of lightning q&a with the judges.

After a difficult deliberation by the judges, it was Westminster High School senior Mia Romeo who won the prize with her business “Sapore de Tapás”, an upscale seafood restaurant for Carroll County.

winner and coordsPictured: Mia Romeo and her teachers from Westminster High School.

The scholarship winner was chosen by the event’s four judges: Rich Austin, Owner of Trembling Giant Marketing, Dr. Jim Ball, President of Carroll Community College, Hélène Taylor, owner of The French Twist and finalist in the 2012 Carroll Biz Challenge, and Steve Moore, owner of Run Moore and winner of the 2014 Carroll Biz Challenge.  Rich Austin reflects:

“It was truly inspiring to experience the creative, thoughtful, hard work of the young men and women of our community through the CCPS Biz Challenge. Their energy and dedication was palpable. It was difficult to name a single winner because truly all of the finalists deserve to be rewarded for their creativity and perseverance. I am proud to be a part of the program, and I look forward to the CCPS Biz Challenge becoming a community institution in Carroll County and wherever it can take hold.”

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