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Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
2019-2020 Shawnee County Regional Qualifier
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Capital Plaza/Maner Conference Center

It take a community to grow an entrepreneur.

Which of your students will be one of the roughly 3 out of 1,000 Americans* who start a business each month? If they start now or in five years as their new business grows, those three need the support of the remaining 997 to succeed.

*Kauffman Foundation State of Entrepreneurship 2019 Report

Top Winners Receive Cash Prizes:

1st Place  $1500 

2nd Place $1000

3rd Place  $500

Top Entry for Trade Show Booth

The first place winner also moves on to the State Finals at Kansas State University on April 28, 2020.


An invitation to Student Champions for Your Students to Participate

Student Champions are teachers, counselors or administrators Shawnee County schools, home school instructors, or organizations that assist students in preparing for a YEC Series competition.


Students will be judged on their business idea, executive summary, 4-minute pitch, optional tradeshow booth and answers to judges' questions. No PowerPoint presentations will be allowed. Students in grades 7 - 12 from Shawnee County are eligible to compete. 

Competition begins at 9:00 am with a complimentary lunch sponsored by Glaciers Edge Winery

A detailed schedule will be sent to participants after the registration deadline.


  • Apply at the link below and submit Executive Summary to by 5 pm on Friday, February 28th. 

The YEC Series is a NetWork Kansas program, presented in partnership with the Kansas State University Center for Entrepreneurship and the Kansas Masons to provide prize money to YEC event winners and access to the state-wide competition, the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Questions can be sent to


The first time you click a link you will be directed to the Kansas YEC page to create a user name and password. Use your email as your user name and select and write down your password. You will use these credentials each time you log in.

Guidelines and Resources for Your Presentation - Go For It!

Overview, Templates and Examples

Executive Summary and Presentation Judging Criteria

4-Minute Presentation Instructions and Guidelines

Tradeshow Format/Instructions

Note: Student Entrepreneurs do NOT have to prepare an Elevator Pitch

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See Differently, Think Bigger!

Apply Now to become a presenter.

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