South Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Results


Edwards County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the South Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at Kinsley High School, Kinsley, KS. Seven individuals and teams representing Kinsley High School presented their business concepts with a written business plan, a 4-minute presentation to judges and/ or a tabletop display.

The winning concepts were:

1st Prize $1,000: Rylie Miller, 10th Grade, FantasTech; 2nd Prize $500: Jaren Hambleton, 10th Grade, Jaren’s Errands; 3rd Prize $250: Erynn Marquez, 10th Grade, You Can Do It Tutoring; Tradeshow Contest $250: Kenzie Sayler, 10th Grade, Just In Case.

Winning students received $2,000 in prize money courtesy of the Edwards County E-Community Partnership. In addition, John Davis’ Entrepreneurship Classroom received $250 from Network Kansas. The classroom prize is provided to incentivize the teacher’s involvement in the contest and to provide funding to enhance the entrepreneurship class.

“This is my third year being involved in the Youth Competitions and I am always so impressed with the creative ideas the kids come up with.  It is so important for our students to learn about entrepreneurship because they will be the business owners driving our economy in the future,” said Linette Miller, Economic Development Executive Director.  

In addition to prizes and recognition, the first-place finisher has the opportunity to compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This event will include the top youth entrepreneurs from schools across the state. The Kansas Mason’s provide a $250 prize to each first-place finisher to help defray the cost of travel for the State competition.

The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship and give them hands-on experience. The students’ work was judged by Amara Kniep, Network Kansas; Bradley Venters, Farmers Bank & Trust of Kinsley; and Troy Nelson, Lewis Masonic Lodge. This is the 2nd time Edwards County Economic Development has brought this competition to our community.

For more information, contact Linette Miller, Edwards County Economic Development at 620-659-2711 or ecedc@sbcglobal.net.

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership , visit www.networkkansas.com.