As part of the 2017-18 YEC series, the competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Dodge City Community College Little Theater. Students will be competing for $3,500 in prize money with the goal of the competition exposing Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship.
“Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges,” said Anne Dewvall, manager of the E-Community Partnership in a press release. “It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth.”
Last year, the first place winners were Amber and Canyon Laskowsky, for their Business, Aerial Photography, which utilizes drones to take aerial shots.
This event will be the second time that Dodge City has brought this competition to the community. It will consist of students preparing an executive summary, a formal presentation and an elevator pitch as part of the competition with the students’ work being judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers or other adults.
“Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is one of many community organizations across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience,” said special projects coordinator Mollea Wainscott in a press release.