RCED to host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 2nd

6:00 pm – Tradeshow / Art Projects Open
7:00 pm – Speaker – Shanna Lindberg – Soul Sister Ceramics
7:30 pm – YEC Awards: 1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, 4th $50 Belleville Chamber Bucks, Nex-Gen Best Marketing Award

Pike Valley High School Gym
100 School Street
Scandia, Kansas 66966

Scandia, KS – Republic County E-Community, in association with the Network Kansas, announces the 4th Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at Pike Valley High School Gym from 6:00-7:30 pm. Both Pike Valley and Republic County students compete in the event.

“Before 2017, RCED focused mostly on adult entrepreneurship, providing resources and small business loans. We made it easier for alumni to come home by connecting them with jobs, housing, and student loan repayment after they have left our county. Coming full circle, we have expanded this youth program that has become a catalyst in growing the county’s next generation of entrepreneurs,” stated Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development Director.

Mahin added, “Last year two of our three state-qualifying teams were operating real businesses within our county and utilizing their prize money to fuel the expansion of their operations.”

The goal of the competition is to expose students to entrepreneurship and local resources that can assist them in the future. Students are scored on a three page business plan, tradeshow booth, and a four-minute presentation. There will be over $1,000 in prize money award from RCED and other partners. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. 

Art projects will be on display in the lobby by RCHS and PVHS Art Classes featuring local entrepreneurs. This was funded thanks to a grant by Network Kansas to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week back in November.

“Students tell us each year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

Since 2017, 152 students across the county have competed in YEC, 7 teams have advanced on to State, and with 3 teams placed at State. Additionally, there have been four existing businesses emerge from YEC participants still in high school or college. 

The local YEC champion receives an automatic bid and other teams can qualify through a wild-card business plan submission. In 2019 there were three teams to qualify from the county, the only other community in the state to do the same was Norton County.

For more information contact Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development, at 785-374-3047 or rced@nckcn.com.

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com.


  • AIRE – Cody Gieber, Trevor Martin, Daniel Rieke
  • Grant’s Book Covering Service – Grant Nabity, Nathan Snively
  • Kansas Cattleman – Clayton Carlgren
  • Kansas Crawdads – Katrina Ball, Emma Morris, Tobi Wilber
  • Living Identity – Cassie Strickler
  • R & S Assistance – Reese Douglas, Savannah Junek
  • Renting Hax’s – Max Filinger, Hunter Hartner
  • Shelton’s Hunting – Morgan Shelton
  • Sports Fuel – Chris Daniels, Cormik Reynolds, Rhiley Stanton
  • Stick With You Stickers – Anneliese Goertzen
  • T & H Sports Counseling – Halle Hartner, Tate Lapo
  • The Wardrobe – Alexis Hansen, Heather Hansen, Claire Jensik

2019 YEC Photos

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