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Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC)

Douglas County, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, is proud to support the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) program.  Douglas County is one of many communities across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give high school age students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience.

The annual competition, held the first Friday in March at Baker University in Baldwin City, consists of up to 20 teams preparing a written business plan or executive summary, a “tradeshow” booth, and an elevator pitch or presentation. The students compete against each other for $2,500 in prize money. The students’ work is judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, and other adults.

The 2017/2018 school year was the first year Douglas County brought this competition to the community with a goal of exposing Douglas County high school students to entrepreneurship. The annual Network Kansas YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from each local competition face off against each other for prize money and other honors. The 2019 statewide championship will be held on in April at Kansas State University.

Douglas County’s YEC is open to all high school age students residing in Douglas County. While Douglas County works closely with teachers at Baldwin City, Eudora, and Lawrence area public high schools to promote and support the program, participation is open to all high-school age individuals, including private schools and home-based settings.

Applications to compete in the 2018/2019 YEC program will be available here in late October or early November of 2018. For reference, a copy of the 2017/2018 application and sample materials can be accessed here:

  • 2017/2018 Douglas County YEC Application
  • Sample Executive Summary


For more information, contact Jill Jolicoeur, E-Community Coordinator for Douglas County at 785-393-6435 or jjolicoeur@douglascountyks.org, or Adam Handshy, Lawrence Metro E-Community Coordinator at ahandshy@lawrencechamber.com or call 785-865-4427.