CVCC Pitch Competition Gives $5,000 to CVUSD Entrepreneurs

5 finalists took home $5,000 in grants for their business ideas

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce awarded $5,000 in grants to CVUSD students during their first annual CVCC Pitch Competition on May 14 via Zoom.

The video of the event on Facebook has already received more than 5,900 views and is available at

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First Place: Sunyoung (Lydia) Chung

The winner of the contest, Sunyoung (Lydia) Chung, an 11th grader from Chino Hills High School received $2,000 in grants during the first CVCC Pitch Competition. Her idea was to produce school supplies that are functional and comfortable to use, by personalizing them to each student’s needs and wants, allowing them to design their own supplies. 

Sunyoung also produces a weekly Vlog in which she highlights her week. A big piece of her recent video covers her experience in the CVCC Pitch Competition. You can watch her video here –

Second Place: Elizabeth Dang

Elizabeth Dang, a 7th grader from Canyon Hills Junior High School, received $1,250. Her idea was to create an online customized personal travel planning service that would partner with existing businesses to design and plan the perfect day trip itinerary.

Third Place: Rachel Tong

Rachel Tong, an 11th grader at Chino Hills High School received $750. Her idea was to create an eCommerce store that features all certified U.S.-made products. This allows all U.S. manufacturers, small and big, to converge their products on one shopping site, thus providing the consumers with a convenient way to shop made in USA products.

Finalist: Andy Berry

Andy Berry, a 10th grader at Chino Hills High School, received $500 for his mobile device stand that allows for ease of use with your phone when on those work from home video and conference calls. 

Finalist: Farmers for Everyone

Kenneth Nguyen (11th grade), Ryan Chang (11th grade), Krish Shah (11th grade) and Steven Nguyen (9th grade), students at Ayala High School, also received $500. Their ideas was to create an on-demand delivery service from local farms to peoples doorsteps.

The CVCC Pitch Competition was created to promote entrepreneurship, create job shadowing and internship opportunities, and connect future leaders with Chino Valley business leaders.

The event was emceed by CVUSD School Board member Christina Gagnier and Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce President Zeb Welborn. 

Entertainment at the event included an announcement from Chino Hills Mayor Art Bennett, Steven Sashen from Xero Shoes, whose company has been featured on Shark Tank, and a performance by David Lee from Rockstars of Tomorrow. 

The judging panel included business owners from across the Chino Valley including Michael Anderson from Rockstars of Tomorrow, Clark Canedy from Management Strategic Ideas, Sally Connolly of Night Buddies, Leonora Foddrill from Foddrill Construction, Deanna Margaritha from Infuzion Zone, and local businessman Wayne Scaggs.

Thank You Sponsors:

Thank you to the large list of sponsors who supported the event including: Watson Land Company; the City of Chino; Health Service Alliance, the Chino Rotary Club, San Bernardino Countywide Vision 2 Succeed, Ontario International Airport, Walmart, Waste Management, Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship, Waste Management, Foddrill Construction, Waste Management, KB Real Estate, Shell Roofing Solutions, Good Enough Travel, Tri-Counties Association of Realtors, Chino Valley Medical Center, Apollo Insurance Services, John Edgar State Farm Insurance Agent, Chino Commercial Bank, Accredited Tax, Pacific Energy Network, Towneplace Suites by Marriott,  Michael Milhiser, Monte Vista Water District Vice President, Infuzion Zone, Carlton Fields, Chino Commercial Bank, Jim Gallagher, Personalized Gifts for You, Clark Canedy, Napa Valley Toys, Wayne Scaggs, Heather Nishioka, and Eddy Sumar.

For more information about the event and our sponsors, please visit the CVCC Pitch Competition page.

If you’d like to promote entrepreneurship, create job shadowing and internship opportunities and connect future leaders with business leaders across the Chino Valley, please consider becoming a financial supporter. You may support our program by visiting the link – Support Entrepreneurship in the Chino Valley.

Your contribution will include your name/business listed as a supporter of entrepreneurship and youth at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce for 2020.

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