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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

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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Wheatland Electric / 
Wheatland Broadband

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.

Download Sponsorship Information (PDF)


Anne Dewvall for more information.