Founded in 2001, The Donald W. Reynolds Governors Cup – a collegiate business plan competition with one of the largest prize pools in the country – sends a message to students, educators, and the business community that the resources to succeed in business can be found in Arkansas.
In 2004, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation expanded, adding another competition in which the top Arkansas teams advance to the Tri-State Competition in Las Vegas, competing against winning teams from Nevada and Oklahoma for a share of $118,000.
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.