Since 2001, the Governors Cup has awarded more than $2 million in cash to the winners of this prestigious business plan competition, open exclusively to Arkansas college and university students.
Y.E.S. introduces students in grades 5–8 to entrepreneurship through a business planning project to solve what they see as a real-world problem in the marketplace. The competition “showcases” the creative, innovative, and teamwork skills that emerge through the process.
Y.E.S. 2.0 for high-schoolers is an online-only business plan competition that fosters the development of entrepreneurial thinking as students prepare to enter postsecondary institutions and/or the workforce. Nearly 1,000 students have competed; more than $20,000 in cash prizes has been awarded.
For a decade, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation supported this multi-state competition, bringing together winners from the Arkansas, Nevada, and Oklahoma Governor’s Cup competitions in Las Vegas to compete for a share of another $118,000 cash prize pool.