Teen entrepreneurs find Zigantic success and will pitch their business plan in global competition

Team Zigantic, from left: Tej Singh, Vignav Ramesh and Rishab Mohan. (Zigantic Photo)

Forget big success. Zigantic success seems like a cooler measurement.

Zigantic is the name of a company started by three teenage entrepreneurs from Clyde Hill, Wash., east of Seattle. Next weekend they’ll be competing against students from around the world for best business plan at the TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Global Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C.

Vignav Ramesh, 14, Tej Singh, 15, and Rishab Mohan, 14, started Zigantic as a mobile and PC game validation platform which connects developers and high-school students to provide early feedback to game developers in an effort to build higher-quality games. According to a news release, the boys have already incorporated their company and it’s generating revenue. They have four employees and three interns.

Zigantic started working in January with TiE Seattle, a chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs, a global nonprofit dedicated to growing and fostering entrepreneurship throughout the world. TiE Seattle charter member and team mentor Vinita Ananth helped the team develop their business idea and convert it into a business plan.

It paid off when they won a regional TYE business plan competition, earning the right to head to D.C. next weekend. Watch their pitch below:

It’s not all business for the kids. The Zigantic teens maintain a full schedule of activities:

  • Vignav Ramesh: a STEM student in Bellevue School District’s Gifted Program; codes in Java, HTML and Python; and writes for the Northwest Youth Journal.
  • Tej Singh: a STEM student at the Overlake School in Redmond, Wash.; state and national level debater; varsity water polo player; skilled in Python, HTML and CSS.
  • Rishab Mohan: a STEM student at the International School in Bellevue; a U.S. national under-15 cricket champion; honors student for AMC 8 and 10; codes in numerous languages such as Java, HTML, Python and more.

“We’re delighted to see these young people move to the TYE Global Business Plan Competition, and wish them all the best there,” said Sharmilli Ghosh, president of TiE Seattle, in a news release. “The team demonstrates the initiative, drive and resourcefulness that TiE hopes to foster as part of the TiE Young Entrepreneurs program.”

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