ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOUNDATION

ARKANSAS ECONOMIC ACCELERATION FOUNDATION (AEAF)

Arkansas Capital Corporation, a Community Development Finance Institution, created AEAF in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to be a catalyst in nurturing people and ideas to generate a pipeline of future entrepreneurs. 
Through hands-on and highly-incentivized business plan competitions, Arkansas students in grades 5-8 and at the collegiate level can experience the real-world realities of entrepreneurship and expectations in the lending and investment communities. They also discover Arkansas has the resources they need to start, grow, and keep their businesses here at home.
Arkansas Capital works year-round to recruit sponsors for both the Y.E.S. for Arkansas 5th-8th grade student competition and the nationally-renowned Arkansas Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition to ensure enrolled students from anywhere in Arkansas can compete at no cost, giving them the opportunity to express their entrepreneurial talents and pursue business ideas with a chance to win cash prize awards.
Please visit the competition websites for more information.

 

1,656
Arkansans have volunteered to judge the competitions
10,611
Students from 5th grade to college level involved to date
$2.15M
in prizes given to innovative and hard-working students

BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITIONS

ARKANSAS GOVERNORS CUP

Y.E.S. (5th-8th Grades)

Y.E.S. 2.0 (On Hiatus for 2017-2018)

TRI STATE COMPETITION (2008-2017)

ARKANSAS GOVERNORS CUP

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.

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Y.E.S. FOR ARKANSAS

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.

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Y.E.S. FOR ARKANSAS 2.0 (9th–12th grades)

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.

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DONALD W. REYNOLDS TRI-STATE

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.

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OUR AFFILIATE COMPANIES