Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas 2.0

Y.E.S. for Arkansas 2.0 is a great opportunity for high school students to get hands-on insight and experience in launching a business in today’s marketplace. This competition is project-based, guiding students through a real-world business planning framework to see if these ideas could make money.

The competition is online-only – and free! Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the “Best Business Plan” and “Most Innovative” categories.

Any 9th – 12th grade Arkansas high school student is eligible. They can compete individually, but team entries are encouraged. Competitors can be based from the classroom or through clubs or organizations, such as DECA, FBLA, Boys and Girls Clubs, or others. All teams must have an advisor – either a teacher or a mentor from their area.

The founding sponsor of Y.E.S. 2.0 is the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), created in 1999 by the Arkansas Capital Corporation. The mission of AEAF is to generate future Arkansas entrepreneurs by being a catalyst in an environment that attracts, develops, and retains entrepreneurial opportunities within Arkansas.

Y.E.S. 2.0 is managed by iStart.org, a project of the Kauffman Foundation.  Competitors need have an iStart account, and can register at http://yesforarkansas2-2016.istart.org.

Business plans are due at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  Good luck!

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