Saturday, August 03, 2019

In June, NetWork Kansas wrapped up the 2018-2019 season of the Youth Entrepreneurship (YEC) Series with our third annual YEC Summit. This was the sixth year of the program and the most successful yet! Across our state, 48 communities organized and/or sent students to compete in 40 local youth entrepreneurship competitions. A total of 865 students participated. Participation numbers have grown each year, an indication of how valuable this program is to students and communities. Out of the YEC Series have come many impressive student success stories, which you can browse here.

In addition to the success of our YEC Series, this year’s Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) state championship, hosted by K-State University, was also wildly successful. K-State did a fantastic job making the day impactful for students, with an elevator pitch portion and a mock boardroom presentation. The mock board room is basically an extension of the four-minute presentation required at the local level, where judges get to take a deeper dive by asking follow up questions to finalists. As a result, students receive more mentorship and personalized feedback from judges.

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