The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF) established Y.E.S. 2.0 in 2011 as an online-only business plan competition for students in grades 9-12. The idea for creating Y.E.S. 2.0 was built upon the successes of the AEAF’s Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competition and the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas business plan competition for students in grades 5-8.
Like Y.E.S., Y.E.S. 2.0 is collaborative and works to promote and showcase the development of students’ innovations and entrepreneurial thinking as they prepare to enter postsecondary institutions and/or the workforce after high school – and/or become an entrepreneur.