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Ford County to Host Student Entrepreneurship

Jan 19, 2017

Dodge City /Ford County Development Corporation E-Community, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the Ford County Youth Entrepreneurship Competition will take place in Dodge City this February, as part of the 2016-2017 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The competition will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Dodge City Community College Little Theater. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship.

Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is one of many community organizations across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience. The competition will consist of students preparing a executive summary, a formal presentation, and an elevator pitch. The students will be competing against each other for $3,500 in prize money. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. This is the first time Dodge City has brought this competition to their community.

“Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

During 2015-2016, 242 students from more than twenty communities hosted 16 local entrepreneurship competitions as part of the YEC series. The 2016-2017 academic year marks the fourth 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 2017 statewide championship will be held on April 24th, 2017 at Fort Hays State University.

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit