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Russell County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is Feb. 24

2020 RCED YEC Competition BannerRussell County Economic Development and CVB is joining together with NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership to host the Russell County YEC on Monday, February 24 at Russell High School.

YEC, or Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, is a competition with a goal of teaching middle and high school students about entrepreneurship.

The competition will consist of students preparing a written business plan or executive summary, a "tradeshow" booth and an elevator pitch or presentation. Students will compete against each other for $1,200 in prize money. The students' work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers and other adults. 

During the 2018-19 season, 865 students from 48 communities hosted 40 local entrepreneurship competitions as part of the YEC series. The 2019-2020 academic year marks the seventh annual YEC series coordinated by NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership.

The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship where the top students from each local competition face off against each other for prize money and other honors. The 2020 statewide championship will be held on April 28 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

For more information, call Mike Parsons at the Russell County Economic Development office at 483-4000 or email him at [email protected].

You can also find more details about the competition, NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership at

(Information courtesy of Russell County Eco Devo and CVB.)

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