Downey High grad wins entrepreneurship contest

DOWNEY - Downey High School graduate Vincent Quigg emerged from a field of 34 teen competitors to win the 2012 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.Quigg, who currently attends Rio Hondo College, won a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 technology suite and $2,500 in business travel. Quigg won the competition after turning his passion for technology into his own startup company, TechWorld, which specializes in repairing and customizing iPhones and plans to expand into iPads and all types of electronic devices. The main differentiator from his competitors within the market space is that Quigg can fix an iPhone for $80 in under 45 minutes. The most common fix? Broken screens. The most common customization? Color swaps (from LCD screen, back glass and home button). "I'm so grateful to NFTE and the journey it's taken me on from working at Best Buy to launching my own business," said Quigg. "From start to finish, the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge has taught me that if you want something bad enough, opportunities will arise."

********** Published: October 25, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 28