Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) 5th-8th Grade Business Plan Competition

Congratulations, 2018 Y.E.S. Winners!!

With a mission of “Saving the Planet, One Bag at a Time,” EcoBagz, Inc., representing Forest Heights STEM Academy in Little Rock, won two of four first-place awards in the Arkansas Capital Corporation’s 13th annual Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas 5th – 8th grade business plan competition January 26 at Park Plaza in Little Rock.

More than 170 teams of elementary, middle, and junior high school students from across Arkansas submitted business plans in this year’s competition. The Top 25 finalists in the written round were invited to compete at Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day in the “Best Marketing,” “Most Innovative,” and “Best Retail Booth,” divisions.

(See the 2018 Expo Day Picture Gallery at the bottom of this page.)

EcoBagz won first place in both the “Best Retail Booth” and “Best Marketing Piece” divisions. The EcoBagz product is what the team calls a “multi-purpose, fashionable, eco-friendly, and affordable” tote that also encourages customers to avoid using plastic or polythene bags.

“The Lone Wasp” from Omaha Schools in Boone County won the “Best Business Plan” division for a product that uses natural oils mixed with Witch Hazel to create an alternative to DEET (diethylmtoluamide), commonly used in insect repellants. Winning the “Most Innovative” category was “Scoods” from Berryville Middle School. Scoods are pads designed to fit the sides of manual scooters that protect the legs and ankles of riders if they lose control of their scooters.

The teachers of the first place winning teams in today’s competition won a $500 cash prize, with team members each receiving $100.

Awards were also presented for second, third, and fourth place winners in each of the four categories:

Best Business Plan:
The Lone Wasp – Omaha Schools – First Place
Bombs Away – Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock – Second Place
Fun Framers – Sheridan Intermediate School – Third Place
Backpack Tower 8.0 – Henderson Middle School, Little Rock – Fourth Place

Best Marketing Piece Division:
EcoBagz – Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock – First Place
Bedside Sicky Caddie, Calico Rock School – Second Place
B.A.M. – Berryville Middle School – Third Place
Fun Fizzers – East End Intermediate School, Little Rock – Fourth Place

Best Retail Booth Division:
EcoBagz – Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock – First Place
Galaxy Fudge – Omaha Schools – Second Place
Gem Gels – Carlisle Elementary School – Third Place
Squish Balls – Cutter Morning Star School, Hot Springs – Fourth Place

Most Innovative Division:
Scoods – Berryville Middle School – First Place
B.A.M. – Berryville Middle School – Second Place
Bombs Away – Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock – Third Place
Fun Framers – Sheridan Intermediate School – Fourth Place

Besides winning cash prizes totaling more than $7,800, each team member received a commemorative medal and their teachers were presented a 3-D-printed school trophy, produced by the Arkansas Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. All Top 25 team members were presented with certificates of achievement for use in their education and career portfolios.

Since Arkansas Capital Corporation launched Y.E.S. for Arkansas in 2006, more than 7,700 students have submitted 2,467 business plans into the competition. Y.E.S. for Arkansas mirrors a real-world business planning process requiring teams to define the market and audience for the product or service, demonstrate the viability of their idea and how it will make money, identify what makes the product or service better than what is currently in the marketplace, and provide an income statement and projections of revenue and expenses.

Watch this space for details on Y.E.S. for Arkansas 2019!



  1. The Y.E.S. for Arkansas competition is hosted by the Arkansas Capital’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF).
  2. Not every circumstance can be anticipated. Arkansas Capital reserves the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, regulations, or the spirit of the competition. All Y.E.S. for Arkansas competitors and teachers/sponsors are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner.
  3. Y.E.S. for Arkansas is open to any Arkansas student enrolled in grades 5-8 during the 2017-2018 school year. Students can be from public, private, home, or virtual schools.
  4. Team members can be from the same grade or from a combination of grades 5-8.
  5. Student teams should consist of at least 2 and no more than 6 members.
  6. Teams can be from classrooms, after-school clubs and organizations, churches, etc.
  7. All teams must be sponsored by a 5th-8th grade teacher or, in the case of teams from non-classroom-based groups, an adult affiliated with that group. Adults that want to sponsor non-classroom-based teams need to advise Arkansas Capital in advance by emailing or calling Marie Bruno at, 501-374-9247.
  8. Teachers/sponsors cannot be a parent or other relative of any team member.
  9. Teachers/sponsors may have more than one team in the competition.
  10. Only one business plan per team can be entered into the competition.
  11. Students cannot be on more than one team.
  12. The business plans must show that the business idea is a for-profit product or service. Nonprofit concepts are not eligible.
  13. The product or service cannot be fictional in nature.
  14. Business plans must represent the original work of the team members.
  15. Submissions and judging for Y.E.S. are processed through Startup Compete. To enter, the teacher or sponsor of a team must create or reactivate a Startup Compete account. Click below for instructions on how to sign up with a new account or log in from an existing account.


To compete in Y.E.S. for Arkansas, sponsors must create or reactivate a Startup Compete account. If you plan to sponsor more than one team, you will be able to register all your teams through this account.

Please visit this link to begin:

At the upper-left side of the page, you will see an orange button with “Log In / Register.” Click on this button. A box with a gold strip across the top will pop up on the screen.

For New Startup Compete Users:

Click the “Create User Account” blue button. A page, “Register for a new Startup Compete User Profile” will appear. Please fill out only the information marked with a red asterisk:

  • Email address
  • Password (and confirm password)
  • First and Last Names
  • Gender
  • Phone Number
  • Country, Address, City, State, Zip Code

Remember your email address and password. This will be the login information for your account from this point forward.

In the “Roles and Communications” box, the first statement is the only statement you need to answer for the purpose of the competition. It asks, “Select one or more role/s to describe your relationship with Startup Compete.” Check any box — the Y.E.S. competition has no preference as to which box should be checked.

At the bottom of the page, uncheck the box for “Notify me via email on … New Competitions,” unless you want to receive email from Startup Compete and the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Click “I agree” in the Terms and Conditions.

Type the letters shown in the image, and click “Save.”

For Returning Startup Compete Users:

Go to and click the orange “Log In / Register” button on the left side of the page.

A box with an orange-gold strip across the top will appear. Under “Returning to Startup Compete,” enter your email address and your password.

If you need to use a new email address — or if you’ve forgotten the email address used previously, you will need to create a new account. See above, “New to Startup Compete.”

If you’ve forgotten your password, click on “Forgot Password?” and follow the prompts.

Next Step — Submitting Intents to Compete

The next step for the team is to submit an Intent to Compete by 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 27. Teams that are still undecided about competing by this deadline should still submit an intent to compete. If the team doesn’t submit a business plan in the competition, the intent is dropped from the Startup Compete account.


Submitting Intents to Compete greatly helps in preparations for the number of judges that need to be recruited for the competition. Submitting intents does not obligate sponsors or teams to the competition.

Below are instructions for submitting team intents. If all the information needed is not yet known, submit at least one team member’s name and class and the school’s information as a placeholder. All information does not need to be finalized until the business plan submission deadline.


  1. Go to and log in. (See “Startup Compete Registration Instructions” for guidance on setting up a Startup Compete account.)
  2. Click on the orange tab at the top left. If you had an existing Startup Compete account, it will say “Manage Ideas.” You will need to do step 3 for the 2018 competition.
  3. Click on the “Register New Business / Concept” button. You will be taken to a page with a box asking you to “Complete your Listing for Startup Compete’s Public Directory.”
  4. For the purposes of completing the Intent to Compete process, you only need to fill in the “Business / Concept” and “Business / Concept Summary” boxes.
  5. The “Business / Concept” is the name of the business plan you’ll be entering. If you do not have a business plan finalized yet, it’s OK to enter a generic name.
  6. The “Business / Concept Summary” is a summary of your business plan idea. If you do not have a business plan yet, enter a few brief words as a placeholder.
  7. After you fill out these two boxes, that’s it. You are not required to fill out any other information on the page, including the option at the bottom to “Display Your Business on the Startup Compete Public Directory,” unless you want to do so.
  8. Click “Save” at the bottom of the page. You will then be taken to the Startup Compete Competition Participant Agreement. Feel free to read the agreement if you like, but you can go ahead and click “I Agree.”
  9. You will be taken to the “Application Page.” Follow the prompts to complete sponsor, team member, and school information. If you do not yet know who your team members will be, that’s OK. You can update this information anytime until November 17, when business plans are due.
  10. Click “Save” when you’re finished.

You will then be taken back to your profile page. You should see the business name you just entered in the “Business Ideas” tab.

Teachers / sponsors must submit an intent to compete for each team. Repeat steps 3-9 above.

After submitting, you may get an email from Startup Compete with the subject line prompting you to register your team. You can ignore this – you’ve gotten this prompt because you’ve submitted the intent, but for the purposes of the Startup Compete database, you won’t be fully “registered” until the business plan is uploaded.


For more information, download a Guide for Y.E.S. Business Plan Content Requirements.

Business Plan Format, Cover Page, Table of Contents (10 points)


  • Business plans must be a minimum of 5 pages and no more than 10.
  • The Cover Page and Table of Contents are not included in the page number limits.
  • With the exception of the Cover Page and Table of Contents, all pages must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font and pages must be numbered.
  • Spacing between lines in a paragraph and between paragraphs must be 1.5 or double-spaced.
  • Paragraphs must be indented.
  • Page numbers must be included on each page (except the Cover Page and Table of Contents).

Cover Page:

  • Name(s) of all team members
  • Teacher’s name, title, email address, and phone number
  • School name and full mailing address
  • A photo, drawing, or graphic of the product or service. Please ensure the image is saved as a smaller file before placing it on the cover page.

Table of Contents:

  • Please include this page after the Cover Page.


  1. Problem (10 Points)
    Describe the problem in the marketplace. How did the team identify the problem?
  2. Solution (10 Points)
    Give the name of the product or service here and how it will solve the problem. Be specific. How did the team arrive at this solution?
  3. Customers (10 Points)
    Describe who would buy the product or service? Why?
  4. Innovation (10 Points)
    What is innovative about your product or service? Is it new to the marketplace? Explain. If it is not new to the marketplace, explain how it is better than what exists.
  5. Product Details (10 Points)
    How will the product or service be produced or established? What supplies and/or equipment will be needed? Will workers need to be hired? Explain.
  6. Marketing (10 points)
    What is the cost to the customer of the product or service, and how did the team arrive at that decision? Where can they buy the product or service? How will the team promote the product or service?
  7. Statement of Funds Needed (10 Points)
    How much money is needed to start the business? What are the sources?
  8. Income Statement (10 Points)
    Project revenue and expenses for one month. Here are downloadable worksheets to help teams calculate their Income Statements:  PDF Version (Blank), PDF Fillable. If using the fillable form, please save it onto your computer first before you start working on it. If you enter data into the form straight off the link without saving it first to your computer, your data will be lost.

Please ensure plans are proofed for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper sentence construction.

Plans will need to be converted to PDF in order to be uploaded to Startup Compete. Please give this PDF document the same name as that of your business. When the conversion is complete, please ensure all pages were properly converted.


  1. Log in at Click on your account name at the upper right hand corner of the page to access your profile. Click on the “Business Ideas” tab.
  2. Find the business name you entered in the Intent to Compete process. Click “Edit.”
  3. Update the name of the business if it changed since submitting the Intent to Compete.
  4. Update your content in the “Business / Concept Summary” box. This should be a short, two- to three-sentence paragraph stating your company’s purpose.
  5. No further information is required. You do not need to check the option at the bottom that asks, “Display Your Business on the Startup Compete Public Directory?” unless you choose to do so.
  6. When finished with this page, click “Save.” You will then be taken to the Startup Compete Competition Participant Agreement. Feel free to read the agreement if you like, but you can go ahead and click “I Agree.” You will then be taken to the Application page.
  7. Update the sponsor, school, and team member information. You will then see the prompt to upload your business plan.

Good luck!


The Top 25 scoring teams get their chance to show off and sell their products and services to both judges and the public alike at Park Plaza in Little Rock!


We have cash and other prizes for winners in the Best Business Plan, Most Innovative, Best Marketing Piece, and Best Retail Booth Display categories!


Y.E.S. has been around longer than some of today’s competitors! More than 7,400 students have competed since the first Y.E.S.competition in 2006. Who were the winners?

Enjoy these pictures of the 2018 Y.E.S. for Arkansas Finalists at their Expo Day Retail Booths!