High School Students Build Business Ideas

High School Students Build Business Ideas from Ground Up for YEC Event
Posted on 12/20/2019
Central and South high school students combined their best creative ideas with purposeful action for  the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC). Through their Business Essentials or Marketing 1 classes, students developed a mock business for a product or service.
At their respective high schools, students created a mock business and then put it on display at a tradeshow in their buildings for staff to evaluate. This process narrows the pool of entrepreneurs to ten businesses from each high school. These businesses advanced to the YEC.
“Students interact with adults from local industries, businesses and agencies who volunteer as potential investors, panelists and more for the Salina YEC,” explained David Cooper, grant writer. “YEC offers excellent real-world experience requiring students to strengthen and demonstrate skills that transfer across many career fields.”
Hosted at Salina Area Technical College, YEC required the students to
  • Create a projected budget and business plan.
  • Deliver a 2-minute elevator speech to interest investors.
  • Give a formal oral presentation to a panel of volunteer judges.
  • Build a trade booth-style display.
  • Answer questions and be able to address potential challenges to their idea.
The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is made possible through a partnership between Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and USD 305. For USD 305 students, there is a fall and a spring competition (March 19, 2020) locally. Students who competed at this December contest are students of Orlando Carmona from Salina South High School and students from Central High School are enrolled in classes with teachers Kelley Jones and Marysa Bradshaw.
Results of the December YEC
1st Place-  SM2K Drones: Sean Morton and Marcus Krannawitter SHS/Orlando Carmona
first place
2nd Place-  Eco Pro Clothing: Brielle Eland CHS/Kelley Jones
second place
3rd Place-  Vending for the Needy: Minerva Martinez CHS/Kelley Jones
third place
People’s Choice-  Livestock Happiness: Mayra Renteria CHS/Marysa Bradshaw
peoples choice
The team/business earning first place honors at the local competitions also receive $500. Second place receives $350, and third place takes home $200. These prizes are provided by Network Kansas and the Kansas Masons. The 1st Place team will represent their school at the state contest April 28, 2020 at KSU in Manhattan.