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By: NetWork Kansas

Contact: Anne Dewvall, Manager of Entrepreneurship Communities, NetWork Kansas
Phone: 316-425-7059


Wichita, KS – NetWork Kansas’ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces the 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series. The 2017-2018 YEC Series includes thirty local entrepreneurship competitions hosted in: Chautauqua County, Chase County, Cherokee County, Cheyenne County, Clay County, Cowley County, Douglas County, Edwards County, Ford County, Labette County, Leavenworth County, Lincoln County, Marion County, Montgomery County, Norton County, Phillips County, Rawlins County, Reno County, Republic County, Rice County, Riley County, Rooks County, Saline County (both fall and spring events), Scott County, Sedgwick County, Sherman County, Thomas County, Wichita County, and Wyandotte County. Additional information is available at:

The YEC Series consists of local-level youth entrepreneurship competitions hosted by volunteers. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship. Thirty local events in Kansas cities and counties will culminate in a state championship hosted at Kansas State University on April 24, 2018.  

“Entrepreneurship competitions give students a hands-on chance to explore critical thinking, the fun of building a business, and a chance to present and connect with students and adults. These competitions show students they have the power to shape their future and a community that cares about them, and that’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

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 compete for awards and prizes. Students’ work is judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, and other community members.

“After organizing this event several times and watching it grow and gain interest each year, I am amazed and impressed at the ideas that are presented from the participants. It is important for us as a community to plant the entrepreneurial seed so that the businessperson spirit can develop. I am certain that we will see some of these ideas become viable business ventures,” says Suzanne McClure, Director, Goodland Area Economic Development.

The first place business idea at each local YEC Series competition qualifies to compete at the state championship hosted by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, the Kansas Masonic Foundation, and NetWork Kansas.

During 2016-2017, 454 students from more than twenty Kansas communities hosted twenty-one local entrepreneurship competitions as part of the YEC Series. The 2017-2018 academic year marks the fifth annual YEC Series coordinated by NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership.

For more information, contact Amara Kniep, Product Manager, E-Community Programs, at

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit