My best friend and I sought to turn one of our hobbies into a business through Azusa Pacific University's Business Plan Development 9-week seminar. We created and pitched our idea for an aerial photography and cinematography business called Perfect Pixels. Many business owners and entrepreneurs came to speak at the weekly sessions and our assigned business mentor, Bill Hetzel, gave us great advice and helped guide my team along the way. We had meetings in person and over Skype and developed a full Business plan by week 8. Every week, teams were judged and eliminated if their pitch, plan, and development was not up to par.
At the end of the seminar, the top 7 competitors got to compete for $15,000 startup money by pitching to angel investors in front of a broadcasted event and live audience. At the time, we were freshman in college and made it to the final Shark Tank. We didn't win, but made it to the top 7 out of over 30 teams of undergraduate and graduate students.
We obtained a business license and officially began our business in the few months after and had a small client base for a few years. We were unable to keep it up due to increasingly strict FAA regulations and busier college schedules, but the experience was well worth it.