This is the second year Republic County Economic Development has hosted a county-wide business plan competition. Growing the event from 2017 with 11 teams and 19 students to 2018 with 30 teams and 68 students.
And for the second year, Republic County will have two teams qualify for the State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. In 2017 Republic County had one team from Pike Valley High School and one from Republic County Junior High. Both state qualifying teams this year worked on their projects with Pike Valley Ag Teacher Katie Carlgren. This is Mrs. Carlgren’s first year working with students in the event.
Republican Valley Agritourism – McKenzie Ehlers, Shea Mikesell, and Samuel Johnson automatically qualified by winning the county-wide competition March 5th.
Carlgren’s Coop – Brailynn Carlgren qualified through the wildcard business plan application.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, 709 students from 35 Kansas communities participated in 31 local entrepreneurship competitions. In total 44 teams qualified for the State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Only four schools qualified multiple teams those are: 3 | Baldwin, 2 | Pike Valley High School, 2 | Salina High School South, and 2 | Winfield High School.
700 KANSAS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE SERIES
Contact: Amara Kniep, Product Manager, E-Community Programs, NetWork Kansas
Wichita, Kan. – NetWork Kansas’ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 709 students from 35 Kansas communities participated in 31 local entrepreneurship competitions.
The YEC Series consists of local-level youth entrepreneurship competitions hosted by volunteers. Local YEC Series events require students to prepare an executive summary and a 4-minute presentation, and often feature interactive tradeshows or elevator pitches. Students work in teams or individually to represent a business concept and compete for awards and prizes. Students’ work is judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, and other community members.
The 2017-2018 academic year marks the fifth annual YEC series coordinated by NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership. The YEC Series was created in 2013 to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship and help them to begin thinking entrepreneurially. The 61-community E-Community Partnership is dedicated to increasing entrepreneurial activity and developing self-sustaining ecosystems favorable to long-term entrepreneurial growth.
Each winning business concept earned the chance to participate at the 2018 Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) State Championship. The competition will be held on April 24th at Kansas State University, hosted by The Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation. Students won a berth at the state championship by winning a sanctioned YEC Series competition. Up to 15 wildcard applicants may be selected by April 13th by having their executive summary win out in a competitive qualifying round. These business ideas are represented by 46 students from 29 schools across Kansas.
The 31 businesses who have advanced to the KEC State Championship will be judged on their executive summaries and 4-minute presentations in an initial round. The top four teams will advance to a finalist presentation round. $18,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top young entrepreneurs. There will also be an optional tradeshow competition open to the public.
The Kansas communities who hosted a local YEC series event include Bird City, Chase County, Chautauqua County, Cherokee County, Clay County, Cowley County, Douglas County, Edwards County, Ford County, Kansas City, Labette County, Leavenworth County, Lincoln County, Lyon County, Marion County, Montgomery County, Norton County, Phillips County, Rawlins County, Reno County, Republic County, Rice County, Riley County, Rooks County, Salina (Fall and Spring competitions), Scott County, Sherman County, Thomas County, Wichita, and Wichita County. Additional communities were invited to participate.
Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge High School Finalists
|Business Name||High School|
|Bee Happy Honey||Clay Center Community High School|
|Bee Safe||Hodgeman County High School|
|Bridge Digital Marketing||Gloria Deo Academy|
|Built My Way||Eudora High School|
|Carlgren’s Coop||Pike Valley High School|
|CheckoutSmart||Buhler High School|
|Cole’s Cards||Centre USD 397|
|Comfy Chair||Salina High School South|
|Craving Crushers||Plainville High School|
|Dart’s Free Range Eggs and Poultry Products||Cheylin USD 103|
|FacePrint||Shawnee Mission West High School|
|Farmdrone||Dodge City High School|
|First Place Protein||Emporia High School|
|Food Allergen Scanner||Salina Central High School|
|Heavenly Hues Video Productions||Scott Community High School|
|J Engravings||Sedan High School|
|Java Generators||Lincoln High School|
|JK’s Sportcards||Chase County JR SR High School|
|K & A Designs||Phillipsburg High|
|Katie’s Bath Essentials||Baldwin|
|Kestrel Aerial LLC||Wichita East High School|
|Lakin Rose||Colby Middle School|
|LauriFit||Shawnee Mission Northwest|
|Live Oriental||Southeast High School|
|Logic Co||Salina High School South|
|Made by Jade||Goodland High School|
|Match.Cow||St. John Junior High|
|Oh Rats!||Labette County High School|
|Out Of The Woods||Parsons High School|
|Pete’s Seats||Leavenworth High School|
|PointeWick’s||Center for Advanced Professinal Studies (CAPS)|
|Purely Simple||Rawlins County Jr/Sr High School|
|Re-Treads Premium Footwear||Manhattan High School|
|Republican Valley Agritourism||Pike Valley High School|
|Sweet Meg’s||Winfield High School|
|Tech Haven||Wichita County Junior Senior High School|
|The Babysitters’ Club||Sterling High School|
|The Strut Line||Paola High School|
|Valkyree Tactical||Winfield High School|
|Varsity Clothing||Salina Central|
|Worth It?||Blue Valley West|
|Yummoo!||Cherryvale Middle/High School|
For more information, contact Amara Kniep at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.youtheshipchallenge.com.