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A New Take on Ice House: Startup Northwest Kansas

Thomas County hosted an Ice House Entrepreneurship Mindset class with a unique twist this spring. Each participant developed a business plan, an elevator pitch, and a tradeshow display for a business concept. The experiment proved successful in attracting students to the course and engaging them in the class.

Passion for fashion, grit propels launch of Bling Glamour

Starting a business is taking a leap of faith for anyone, regardless of their circumstance. When Nicole Campos was faced with a life-altering condition, she pursued her dreams through optimism and confidence, trudging through both physical ailments and entrepreneurial waters.

Next Maker Space Boot Camp Announced

The next Maker Space Boot Camp will be September 18-20 at Fab Lab ICC in Independence, Kan.. The Maker Space Boot Camp is a NetWork Kansas board certified program that qualifies for the use of E-Community loan funds to cover registration and travel expenses for participants in Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities.

Destination BootCamp® Business Spotlight: Sonya and James Cantrell, Cantrell's Jewelry

James and Sonya Cantrell attended Destination BootCamp® (DBC) in the spring of 2017. In this piece, Sonya describes how this program has had an impact on the growth of their business beyond their immediate market.

E-Community Students Compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge State Championship

The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) State Championship, hosted by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation, took place on April 24th and awarded high school entrepreneurs with over $18,000 in prize money. This statewide competition featured high school and middle school students from 35 Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities across Kansas.

A Year in the Life as an E-Community Coach

Shelley Paasch of NetWork Kansas shares her experience as an E-Community coach in her own words.

Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge awards $75,000 to student entrepreneurs

A statewide student entrepreneurship competition featuring 44 high school and 11 collegiate teams from across the state has awarded entrepreneurial-minded students with $75,000 in prize money. The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge gave students from around the state experience in the process of making a business proposal. The 5th annual event is organized by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, was sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation, and supported by Network Kansas.

700 KANSAS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE SERIES

NetWork Kansas’ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces the conclusion of the 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 709 students from 35 Kansas communities participated in 31 local entrepreneurship competitions.

YEC Series Student Spotlight: Kelsie Conard, Kelsie Conard Photography

Kelsie Conard of Kelsie Conard Photography shares how participating in YEC helped boost her business.

YEC Series Student Spotlight: Bridget Stanton, Bridge Digital Marketing

Bridget Stanton competed in the YEC Series during the 2016-2017 academic year. She placed first in her local Riley County event and advanced to the YEC State Championship in April 2017, where she took fourth place with her business Bridge Digital Marketing. Here she talks about the impact this program has had on her as an entrepreneur.