Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas 2.0 9th – 12th Grade Business Plan Competition

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A Real-World, Hands-On Event for Arkansas High School Students!

Since the first Y.E.S. for Arkansas 2.0 competition in 2011, more than $18,000 in cash prizes have been awarded to winning high school students and their teachers/advisors!

Today, the opportunities to become an entrepreneur and launch a startup or a new business in Arkansas or elsewhere are greater than ever. Students who compete in Y.E.S. 2.0 are more aware and better prepared than others to seize these opportunities when they come along. They learn that starting a new business is possible.

Y.E.S. 2.0 is an exciting, project-based learning opportunity for Arkansas high school students to discover real-world realities entrepreneurs and small-business owners experience in their efforts to launch and grow successful and profitable businesses.

Y.E.S. 2.0 is open to all Arkansas students enrolled in any public, private, or home-based middle, junior, or high school during the 2016-2017 school year. There is no cost to enter Y.E.S. 2.0, and the competition is entirely online.

Students can compete individually or in teams. All can be school-based, or represenative of after school clubs and organizations. All teams must be sponsored by a teacher or another adult (see Competition Rules, #4).

Teams from across the state will compete for a chance to win cash prizes and awards for Best Business Plan in two divisions: 9th – 10th grade and 11th – 12tgrade.

Students are not required to have actual businesses to compete. The challenge is for them to come up with a business idea that identifies a customer “pain” in the marketplace, and a new or better product or service that they believe would solve the problem and make money. They then put that idea to test as they tackle real-world research and validation needed to answer questions in the business plan.

Win or lose, all competitors discover new perspectives on entrepreneurship that will serve them well into the future – whether they go to college, go to work for someone else, or start their own businesses and create jobs for others.

Watch what competitors and teachers say about Y.E.S. 2.0!

Y.E.S. 2.0 is managed by Arkansas Capital’s Arkansas Econonmic Acceleration Foundation. Registration, submitting Intents to Compete, and uploading business plans are done through Startup Compete. Competitors must have a Startup Compete account to begin. See “How to Create Startup Compete Accounts” for instructions.

Competitors need to submit Intents to Compete by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017. Business plans are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017. Good luck!


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