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2015 Youth Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

10thyear of Youth Entrepreneur Showcase for Arkansas Competition for Fifth- Through Eighth-Grade Students

Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, today announced the winners of the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S) for Arkansas business plan competition for grades five through eight. Today’s winners, announced at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, Ark., were selected from 25 finalist teams that were announced in December. The competition included 242 teams from 35 schools across Arkansas.

Y.E.S. for Arkansas competitors work in small groups, led by their teacher advisors, to develop and market a business concept. The winners in the four competition categories are as follows: Continue reading

Youth Business Plan Competition Winners to Be Announced

Who: The Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S) for Arkansas Expo Day, a project of the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, invites the media to attend the event for photo and interview opportunities with students and student advisors.

What: The top 25 Y.E.S. finalist teams will set up booths to showcase and sell their products at Park Plaza Mall. Eight volunteers from the Arkansas business and education communities will judge the teams on creativity, innovation, marketing, and booth display. A representative of Frost, PLLC in Little Rock will assist AEAF staff in tallying the scores.

When: Jan. 16, 2015. The showcase and sale is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Park Plaza Mall, 6000 W. Markham St., Little Rock, Ark. The student showcase and sale will take place on the third floor and the awards will take place on the second floor. Continue reading

Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Announces Top 25 Finalists

Top 25 Finalists Announced for 2015 Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Fifth- through Eighth-Grade Business Plan Competition

The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), an affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group in Little Rock, announced the finalists of its 10th annual Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.), a business plan competition for elementary, middle, and junior high school students in grades five through eight.

Below are the finalists in alphabetical order by team name: Continue reading

242 Teams Compete in 2015 Y.E.S. for Arkansas Competition

Y.E.S. for Arkansas Winners

Wonderful Wire Works, Hazen Elementary School, Hazen holding their awards from the 2014 Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day.

It’s an exciting year for Y.E.S. for Arkansas, with 242 teams of fifth- through eighth-graders from across the state participating in the 2015 youth business plan competition. This is the second-biggest competition pool in the 10-year history of Y.E.S. Students from 35 elementary and middle schools in 14 counties wrote original business plans to compete for prize money and an invitation to the Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day.

Judging is in progress, with more than 80 business, community, and education leaders evaluating the plans. The 25 finalists will be announced via video at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, at http://arcapital.com/aeaf/yes. Continue reading

Winners of the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition Named

BioBotic Solutions Takes Second Place Undergraduate Award

Second Place, Undergraduate — BioBotic Solutions, University of Arkansas & Hendrix College

Second Place, Undergraduate — BioBotic Solutions, University of Arkansas & Hendrix College

The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, is pleased to announce BioBotic Solutions with team members from University of Arkansas and Hendrix College took second place in the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award competition. The competition was held at The Mirage of Las Vegas.

In the undergraduate track, Owlpal Healthcare from the University of Tulsa took first place. In the graduate track, Dragonfly Energy from University of Nevada, Reno, was awarded first place, and Driven Analytics from University of Oklahoma, Norman, was awarded second place.

First place winners took home a $30,000 cash prize, a team trophy and individual plaques. The second place winners received a $20,000 prize, a trophy and individual plaques. The teams’ faculty advisors each earned a $3,500 check.

“This year’s teams pitched sophisticated and forward-thinking business plans that have the potential to become very successful companies,” said Rush Deacon, acting chief executive officer for Arkansas Capital Corporation. “It’s exactly the type of innovation we were looking for when we started this competition. This competition is an example of broad efforts Arkansas Capital Corporation has spearheaded to support entrepreneurship in Arkansas, and we are very proud of our student competitors.” Continue reading

2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition that is managed by The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, were announced at a luncheon hosted at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, AR on April 9, 2014.

Craig O’Neill, news anchor for THV11, served as the master of ceremonies for the event, which hosted approximately 760 business leaders, students, educators and supporters from across the state for the 14th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.

This year, 36 teams submitted business plans from 13 colleges and universities from across Arkansas for a chance to win a share of the $154,000 prize pool. First and second place winners of the undergraduate and graduate teams will compete against the top two teams from Nevada and Oklahoma for the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Award in May, where they will be competing to win a share of the $118,000 prize pool.

The 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup winners are: Continue reading