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Barton County YEC 2023-24

2023-2024 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series

Great Bend, KS

Business application deadline
March 1, 2024
Judge sign-up deadline
February 7, 2024
Entry fee
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Welcome to Barton County's fourth annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge! This competition is created to challenge our youth, encourage our business community to partner with and mentor our younger generations, and foster a community spirit for entrepreneurship!

This competition will take place at the Great Bend Events Center.  All participants will put together a tradeshow presentation of their business idea and share with the public, They will also present their formal 4-minute presentation to the judges.

After the tradeshow exhibition the winners will be announced!

There is $2500 in prize money to be divided among the top four competitors. Third place with receive $500 second place will receive $750 and first place will receive $1000 and the opportunity to continue onto the the Statewide competition! Audience members will also have a chance to vote for their favorite to award them $250 for our people's choice award!
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event to cheer on our student competitors and show your support for the next generation of business ideas.

Schedule and key dates

Deadline to sign up for Participants:
February 21, 2024

Competition date:
March 6, 2024 12:00pm

Contestants will arrive at 11:00am for lunch and a "get to know you" informal chat with the judges. The trade show presentations will be open to the public starting at noon. The winners will be announced at 1:30 pm.

Organized by

Great Bend Economic Development

Date and time

Address and location

3111 10th Street
Great Bend, KS 67530


Formal Presentation

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Executive Summary

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The Tradeshow is a 90-minute event where businesses will have the opportunity to...

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