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NetWork Kansas Kicks off 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series

Wichita, KS – NetWork Kansas announces the official start of the 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series with the release of YEC Local Guidelines and the YEC Event Portal.

The YEC Series is a unified collection of locally- organized entrepreneurship competitions. Events are designed to give middle school and high school students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience. The competitions will consist of students preparing a written executive summary, a 4-minute presentation, and may also include an additional component such as a tradeshow or elevator pitch. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults.

During 2016-2017, 454 students from more than twenty Kansas communities hosted 21 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 the first time, events coordinated by any Kansas community or organization (not just E-Communities) will be welcomed to the YEC Series, following the same sanction process.

This season also marks the launch of the YEC Portal, a web app that allows communities, teachers, and students to access all YEC resources in one place. It is a one-stop-shop for YEC success. In this web app, partners will be able to gather student registrations, access all guidelines, requirements and information regarding the 2017-2018 YEC series, as well as a wide variety of planning and educational resources including templates, scorecards, and examples of each component of the competition.

“Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

The 5th annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from each local competition and others from across the state face off against each other for prize money and other honors. NetWork Kansas is partnering with K-State this year to host a single, unified state championship for YEC Series winners and others, the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC). The 2018 statewide championship will be held on April 24th, 2018 at Kansas State University.

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