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Clifton Taulbert Keynote Speaker at NetWork Kansas State Championship

March 14, 2017
Contact: Anne Dewvall, Manager of Entrepreneurship Communities, NetWork Kansas


HAYS, Kan. - Clifton Taulbert, award-winning entrepreneur and author, will be the keynote speaker at the NetWork Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) State Championship on April 24 at Fort Hays State University.
Taulbert is an internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant who has worked across the world and has spoken at the United States Capitol, NATO Headquarters, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United Nations. Taulbert has written fourteen books and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Currently serving as the CEO of two companies, entrepreneurship is a passion for him that he has dedicated his life to helping others learn.
"I first met Clifton after hearing him speak in southeast Kansas. His story is fascinating and inspirational. I am incredibly excited he is going to share his message with the students, parents and guests at our youth entrepreneurship state championship," said Erik Pedersen, Director of E-Communities at NetWork Kansas.
The YEC State Championship is the ultimate competition for the best young entrepreneurs from NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Communities. The thirty-six best business ideas from the winners of local YEC series competitions held across the state and a wildcard round face off in Hays to compete for prize money, gain support for their ideas, and meet other passionate young entrepreneurs. 
  • April 24, 2017 in Hays, Kansas
  • $11,000 in prize money
  • Winners of the 22 YEC series events & best 14 wildcard business ideas 
  • Competition phases: 
    • Executive Summary
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Finalist Presentations
    • Separate Tradeshow Competition
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For more information about Clifton Taulbert, visit

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