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2023-2024 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series


A Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition
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During the 2023-2024 academic year, E-Communities (and other Kansas communities) have the opportunity to host local-level entrepreneurship competitions and submit their event to be part of the “Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series”. Local entrepreneurship competitions must meet certain guidelines in order to qualify as part of the Series. The YEC series gives Kansas students hands-on experience thinking entrepreneurially. To learn more, watch this short video about YEC.

Important Dates:
November 10, 2023 – Deadline for YEC Series online sanction applications due to NetWork Kansas
March 19, 2024 – Cut-off for sanctioned community entrepreneurship competitions to be held  
March 19, 2024 – Wildcard Entries for KEC State Championship Due 
March 22, 2024 – Deadline for YEC Winners to enter to attend KEC State Championship
March 26, 2024 – Wildcard Winners Announced
April 16, 2024 – KEC State Championship          

Hosting a YEC event in your community is a fantastic way to energize your local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship. As a result of this competition, there may be an increased interest level in entrepreneurship among youth, leading students to see building their own business as a viable career path and a way to better their community.

First time hosting an event? Here's where to start:

1) Fill out a Sanction Form by November 10, 2023 (competition application). The sanction form is how a local competition would be approved to be part of the YEC Series. The sanction application is required in order to be a part of this program. If your sanction application is approved, you will have access to tremendous resources, potential funding for prizes and expenses (if you're an E-Community), as well as automatic qualification for a spot at the KEC State Championship. Every winner of the local YEC competition automatically qualifies for the State Championship.
Wait to receive approval from NetWork Kansas. Once you've submitted your sanction form, NetWork Kansas will reach out to you within 10 business days to let you know if your event has been approved.

2) Begin planning the event. Once your event has been approved, it's time to plan the event. You'll need to market the event to students, identify judges and sponsors to support it, and nail down some of the details of the competition. 
Use Best practices gathered from experts across the state. One of the best parts of joining the YEC Series is the access you get to best practices from event organizers throughout the state of Kansas. 

3) Educate Mentors and Entrepreneurs on ways to prepare for the competition. We've compiled videos, articles, templates, and examples of tools entrepreneurs can use to be successful at a YEC competition. Not only that, but there are tons of great ways Mentors can incorporate the articles and videos into class time to make sure the entrepreneurs are prepared. 

4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. NetWork Kansas wants to make sure that your events are successful! If you have any questions or need help with anything, don't hesitate to reach out to your NetWork Kansas E-Community Regional Manager or Bailee Henry, Senior Product Manager of E-Community Programs, at

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Active competitions 22

2023 Norton County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Dallas Gosselin Norton, Kansas Starts: 12/6/2023

Ford County YEC 2023

Organizer: Mollea Wainscott Dodge City, KS Starts: 11/8/2023

Ellis Co 2023-24 YEC

Organizer: Ernee Sly Hays, KS Starts: 11/7/2023

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2023 - Wabaunsee County

Organizer: Stephanie Maike Starts: 11/8/2023

Linn County 2023-24 YEC

Organizer: Jessica Hightower Starts: 3/5/2024

Reno County 2023 - 2024 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: StartUp Hutch Hutchinson, KS Starts: 11/20/2023

Sherman County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2023

Organizer: Jessica Dinkel Goodland, KS Starts: 11/14/2023

2024 Graham County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Melissa Lindenman Hill City, Kansas Starts: 3/5/2024

2023-2024 Morris County Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

Organizer: Tracy Henry White City, KS Starts: 3/7/2024

Crawford County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2024

Organizer: Dacia Clark Pittsburg, KS Starts: 2/28/2024

2023-2024 Rooks County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Roger Hrabe Plainville, KS Starts: 2/29/2024

Barton County YEC 2023-24

Organizer: Great Bend Economic Development Great Bend, KS Starts: 3/6/2024

Pawnee County YEC 2024

Organizer: Alexandra Filbert Larned, Kansas Starts: 3/7/2024

Douglas County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Jill Jolicoeur Lawrence, KS Starts: 2/16/2024

2024 Montgomery County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Tim Haynes INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS Starts: 3/1/2024

Franklin County YEC

Organizer: Franklin County E-Community Ottawa, KS Starts: 2/29/2024

USD 305 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Jaclyn Crow Salina, KS Starts: 3/5/2024

Butler County YEC

Organizer: Phil Benedict El Dorado, Kansas Starts: 2/21/2024

Marion County 2024 YEC

Organizer: Jeremy Ensey Hillsboro, KS Starts: 3/6/2024

McPherson County 2023 YEC

Organizer: McPherson Chamber of Commerce McPherson, KS Starts: 12/13/2023

Stafford County YEC 2024

Organizer: Ryan Russell St. John, KS Starts: 2/7/2024

Upstairs Downtown Fresh Fun Entrepreneurial Competition

Organizer: Jill Kuehny Caldwell, KS Starts: 3/13/2024