The IFA Franchise Education & Research Foundation recently announced the winners of its 2017 FRANSHARK competition, sponsored by the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and SUBWAY®, which was held at the International Franchise Association 57th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
The four entrepreneurs — who hailed from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia — were selected by a panel of judges from 18 winners of the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, which engages young entrepreneurs seeking careers and business opportunities in the franchising industry. As part of the FRANSHARK competition, each participant pitched their business to a panel of industry experts and nearly 4,000 convention attendees for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $5,000 – $10,000.
This year, Jennifer Turliuk, founder of MakerKids, took home first place, which included a $10,000 cash prize. David Blue, founder of Blue Moon Estate Sales USA, and David Lindsay, founder of Salts of the Earth, each received $5,000. The judges also awarded a $5,000 prize — sponsored by Dave Mortensen and Anytime Fitness — to Alejandro Souza, founder of Pixza, a social enterprise franchise.
For more information on the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition and 2018 competition dates, please visit http://nextgenfranchising.org.