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2022-2023 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series


A Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition
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During the 2022-2023 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 11, 2022 – Deadline for YEC Series online sanction applications due to NetWork Kansas
March 20, 2023 – Cut-off for sanctioned community entrepreneurship competitions to be held  
March 20, 2023 – Wildcard Entries for KEC State Championship Due 
March 27, 2023 – Wildcard Winners Announced
March 31, 2023 – Deadline for YEC Winners to enter to attend KEC State Championship
April 20, 2023 – 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 (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 23

4th Annual Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (KCK)

Organizer: Sheyvette Dinkens Kansas City, KS Starts: 3/9/23

2022 Norton County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Dallas Gosselin Norton, Kansas Starts: 12/7/22

Ellsworth County YEC

Organizer: Stacie Schmidt Ellsworth, KS Starts: 2/20/23

Reno County 2022 - 2023 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Bailee Henry Hutchinson, KS Starts: 11/22/22

Lawrence/Douglas County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Jill Jolicoeur Lawrence, KS Starts: 2/24/23

2022-2023 Greater Morris County Development YEC Competition

Organizer: Tracy Henry White City, KS Starts: 3/7/23

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge - Wabaunsee (SY 2022-2023)

Organizer: Jim MacGregor Alma, Kansas Starts: 2/10/23

2022-2023 Logan County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Competition

Organizer: Kimberly Munk Oakley, KS Starts: 2/15/23

Stafford County YEC


Sherman County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022

Organizer: Jessica Dinkel Goodland, KS Starts: 11/16/22

Barton County YEC

Organizer: Sara Hayden Great Bend, KS Starts: 3/8/23

2022 Ford County YEC

Organizer: Mollea Wainscott Dodge City, KS Starts: 11/9/22

Rooks County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Roger Hrabe Palco, KS Starts: 3/8/23

Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair

Organizer: David Stricklin Columbus, Kansas Starts: 3/2/23

Linn County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022-23

Organizer: Jessica Hightower Pleasanton, KS Starts: 3/7/23

Anderson County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge


Hodgeman County YEC

Organizer: Sailor-Anne Seiler Jetmore, KS Starts: 2/7/23

Edwards County

Organizer: Heather Strate Kinsley, Kansas Starts: 12/14/22

2023 Smith Center Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Organizer: Dana Peterson Smith Center, KS Starts: 3/8/23

Cowley County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022-2023

Organizer: Cowley First Winfield, KS Starts: 3/8/23

Phillips County 2022-2023 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC)

Organizer: Caleb Breon Phillipsburg, KS Starts: 3/8/23

Mitchell County YEC 2023

Organizer: Emily Benedick Beloit, Kansas Starts: 3/7/23

McPherson County 2022 YEC

Organizer: Debbie Hawkinson (McPherson Chamber of Commerce) McPherson, KS Starts: 12/14/22