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2024 Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge

Manhattan, Kansas

Business application deadline
April 1, 2024
Judge sign-up deadline
April 10, 2024
Entry fee
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The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) is sponsored by Kansas State University Research and Extension in partnership with the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship and the Network Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series to promote entrepreneurship and small business development in Kansas.  The competition is for student created, managed, and owned ventures.

For more information visit the KEC Website.  

Schedule and key dates

Schedule and key dates

March 19th - Submission deadline for YEC Winners
April 14th - Mock Board Room questions are released
April 16th - Live event at Kansas State University
*Each entity or individual will be required to provide a W-9 and photo release form before receiving any prizes!
2024 KEC Schedule.pdf 422.04 KB

Each year, one Entrepreneurship Instructor is honored with the special KEC award of Educator of the Year! Nominate your teacher here. Submissions are due Sunday, April 7.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an optional Tradeshow.

KEC Prep Course

Students participating in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge are strongly encouraged to complete the exercises in the

KEC Prep Course in preparation for the event. Each student selected to compete at the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge who has successfully completed and turned in the exercises will receive a Certificate of Completion and an additional $50 in prize money.

Check out the FAQs below to get more information!
Mock Board Room FAQ Final.pdf 608.27 KB
Tradeshow FAQ Final.pdf 1.07 MB

KEC Welcome Reception
April 15, 2024 at 5:30 in K-State Business Building Atrium
Join us for networking, as well as appetizers and refreshments the evening before KEC in the K-State Business Building.
Register Here:

Aerial View 
Bakers Box
Beach Bound Creations 
Chording with Cylie 
DayWeb Media
Enlightened Wellness
Greener Grass 
Katie’s Car Freshies
Layton’s Show Cattle Embryos
Logan Lawncare
Made in Minutes
Pittsburg Poticas
Tsooi’s Cattle

Aaron’s Lawncare
Blackbird Blades
Bluehill Adventure Tours
CB’s Handcrafted Jigs
Crouse Electrical Co.
Eggs Xpress
Elkhorn Silver
High Plains Aquaculture
Norris Tutoring 
Sydney’s Savings Storefront, LLC 
Tre’s Squeeze, LLC

Tradeshow People’s Choice Award
1st: Made in Minutes
2nd: Delectably Dried
3rd: Cowgirl Creations
3rd: Katie’s Car Freshies
4th: Lizzie’s Lounge Doggie Daycare & Kennel

Organized by

NetWork Kansas

Date and time

Address and location

Kansas State University Student Union
918 N M.L.K. Jr. Dr
Manhattan, Kansas 66506


Executive Summary

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Live Mock Board Room

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Photo Release

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W-9 to be turned in at KEC

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