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2016-2017 YEC Series

YEC 2017

The 4th annual YEC Series featured 454 high school and middle school students from 29 schools across Kansas and awarded young entrepreneurs with more than $11,000 in prize money at the YEC State Championship at Fort Hays State University.

2016-2017 YEC State Championship

Thirty-three businesses consisting of 48 students presented their entrepreneurship concepts. Student teams submitted a written executive summary and presented elevator pitches to judges in the initial round of the competition. Twenty-eight businesses also participated in an optional trade show.

1st Prize $5,000: Christian Calliham, Colby High School, CT Feeds

2nd Prize $2,500: Jade Artzer, Goodland High School, Made by Jade  

3rd Prize $1,250: Macie LeMarr, Kobe Spiess, Colten Wiesner, Plainville High School, Cardinal Corn

4th Prize $500: Bridget Stanton, Gloria Deo Academy, Bridge Digital Media

5th Prize $500: Kaylee Guffey, KALJ Academy, Hangin' Around

6th Prize $500: Natalie Wise, Halle Hartner, Republic County Jr./Sr. High School, WiseHart

Best of the Tradeshow $500: Macie LeMarr, Kobe Spiess, Colten Wiesner, Plainville High School, Cardinal Corn

Best in Business $250: Amber Laskowksy, Canyon Laskowksy, Dodge City High School, Dodge City Aerial Photography

Ready to Launch $250: Ethan Brown, Salina Central High School, Ability Apparel

Sponsors: The fourth annual YEC Series consisted of 21 local level competitions, which culminated in the state championship on April 24 at Fort Hays State University. The event was organized by Network Kansas with generous support from Fort Hays State University, Midwest Energy, Sunflower Energy, the Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, Inc., and The Sweet Granada. 

 
 

2015-2016 YEC Series

YEC2015

The 3rd annual YEC Series featured 242 high school and middle school students from 30 schools across Kansas and awarded young entrepreneurs with more than $10,000 in prize money at the KEC State Championship at Kansas State University. 

2015-2016 KEC Championship

Twenty-nine high school teams and four university teams presented their entrepreneurship concepts at the KEC State Championship. Student teams submitted a written executive summary and presented elevator pitches to judges in the initial round of competition. Finalists also participated in a formal presentation. 

1st Prize High School Division $1,500: Tegan Maxson, Gwyn Dean, Labette County High School, M & D Crop Diagnosis

2nd Prize (Tie) High School Division $1,000: Corbin Crawford, Logan McHenry, Hoisington High School, Cardinal Screen Repair

2nd Prize (Tie) High School Division $1,000: Ahrash Karbasi, Chris James, Blue Valley Northwest High School, Competitive Gaming Legion

Sponsors: The third annual YEC Series consisted of 16 local level competitions, which culminated in the state championship at Kansas State University. The state championship was organized by Kansas State University in partnership with NetWork Kansas.

2014-2015 YEC Series

YEC 2015

The 2nd annual YEC Series featured 125 high school and middle school students from 21 schools across Kansas and awarded young entrepreneurs with more than $10,000 in prize money at two YEC Regional Championships in northwest and southeast Kansas.

2014-2015 YEC Northwest Regional Championship

1st Prize $2,500: Christian Calliham, Calliham Horse Boarding

2nd Prize $1,250: Sabine Godinez, Logan Reding & Arely Yanez, The Mariachi House

3rd Prize $750: Jade Artzer, Made by Jade


2014-2015 YEC Southeast Regional Championship

1st Prize $2,500: Deven Foster, FAST 

2nd Prize $1,250: Wyntr Jacobs, Caitlin Low, Sarah Clausen, Snowflakes Bundt Cakes 

3rd Prize $750: Auston Bevins, Steam Dot 

Sponsors: The second annual YEC series consisted of 11 local level competitions in two regions. The YEC Series and Regional Championships were supported by NetWork Kansas, AT&T, Joplin Regional Partnership, Columbus Telephone / Optic Broadband, Midwest Energy, Sunflower Electric, The Bank, and Wheatland Electric.

 

 

2013-2014 YEC Series

YEC 2014

NetWork Kansas piloted the inaugural YEC Series during the 2013-2014 academic year as a hands-on entrepreneurship competition series for students from select northwest Kansas communities in grades 7-12. The inaugural YEC Series featured 48 students from seven schools across Kansas and awarded students with $5,700 in prize money at one YEC Regional Championship in northwest Kansas.

2013-2014 YEC Northwest Regional Championship

1st Place $2,500: Mallory Horinek

2nd Place $1,250: Reece Leonard

3rd Place $750: Jade Artzer

Twenty students presented their entrepreneurship concepts at the YEC Northwest Regional Championship. Student teams submitted a written executive summary and presented elevator pitches and a tradeshow booth to judges in the initial round of the competition. Six finalists also competed in a final round, with students winning $5,700 in prize money.

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