2015 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Competitions

  • Southeast KS: April 29, 2015 (Columbus, KS) (Download Agenda)
  • Northwest KS: May 6, 2015 (Leoti, KS) (Download Agenda)
  • Speakers: Zach Haney, the Teen CEO and owner of Carnival Guy (NW); Mike Bosch, Pipeline Fellow and CEO of Reflective Group (SE)

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

2015 YEC

The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is a one-day entrepreneurship competition open to students in grades 7-12 from a participating region of NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities.

2015 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Competitions:

2014 YEC

In 2014, five E-Communities in northwest Kansas participated in the first annual regional YEC as part of a NetWork Kansas pilot program. Twenty students from five counties entered to participate after competing in a qualifying local e-fair. After submitting a business plan, students participated in two phases of competition: an elevator pitch competition and trade-show. Finalists made formal presentations to a panel of judges. More than $5,000 in cash awards were distributed.

Learn more about the 2014 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

How to Enter

Students wishing to participate in the 2015 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge must first compete in a qualifying local competition and then submit an application form and business plan by the deadline of April 13, 2015.

2015 YEC Application (Word)

Qualifying Local Competitions

Students must compete in a qualifying local competition to advance to the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

2014/2015 Local Entrepreneurship Fairs

Southeast Region
Altamont: Labette County High School E-Fair: 12/11/14
Cherokee County: Cherokee County Youth E-Fair: 2/25/15
Humboldt: USD 258 E-Fair: 2/25/15
Girard: 3/3/15
Coffeyville: Catfish Tank: ​Canceled 
Northwest Region
Wichita County: Wichita County Youth E-Fair 2/18/15
Thomas County: Colby Kids CAN Middle School E-Fair 3/12/15
Thomas County: Colby Kids CAN High School E-Fair: 3/27/15
Phillips County: Phillips County YEC: 3/28/15
Rawlins County: Rawlins County E-Fair: 4/2/15
Bird City: Cheylin E-Fair: 4/2/15
Sherman County: Goodland HS E-Fair: 4/7/15


Thank you to our sponsors! They are supporting youth entrepreneurship in Kansas! 

Sponsors - Northwest Region

Platinum Sponsor

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Sponsors - Southeast Region

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Joplin Regional ​
Columbus Telephone /
Optic Wireless 
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Empower your community’s youth. Get exposure for your business. Sponsor the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Get first-hand exposure in front of your region’s most passionate, dynamic young entrepreneurs and their families throughout Kansas.

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Anne Dewvall for more information.