Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge
April 17, 2017
Key Dates & Entry Information
All submission deadlines are final. Late applications cannot be accepted.
$75,000 in cash prizes will be awarded!
High School Division
for Kansas-based High School students
1st place - $10,000
2nd place - $5,000
3rd place - $2,500
4th place - $1,500
for invited Kansas University students
1st place - $25,000
2nd place - $12,000
3rd place - $7,500
4th place - $2,500
2nd Chance Funding
$5,000 (each division)
The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) is supported by the Kansas Masonic Foundation and Kansas Masons to promote entrepreneurship and small business development in Kansas. The competition is for student created, managed, and owned ventures.
Students must be enrolled in a Kansas High School or University during the semester the competition is held. Students must compete in the division associated with their current education-level. The concept and venture must demonstrate student management and ownership. Individuals or teams of no more than four students may submit a concept. Teams must have a faculty or staff sponsor from the team’s school that will authenticate that the venture concept and executive summary are the student team’s original work. Teams must present in-person at the KEC finals.
The KEC is for new, independent student-run ventures in the concept stage or seed stage. Concepts must be the original work of the students who comprise the team. For-profit and not-for-profit entities are eligible. Generally excluded from entry are the following: buy-outs, expansions of existing companies, real estate syndications, tax shelters, franchises, and licensing agreements for distribution in the local market. The licensing of technologies or commercialization of research that is not the original work of the student team is prohibited. No person can be a member of more than one team. All teams may participate in future competitions, including finalist teams, but no team may use the same or similar plan submitted in a previous KEC.
High school teams must be sponsored by their local Masonic Lodge. Your local Lodge can be located here. Each Masonic Lodge is eligible to sponsor one team. Each team must present their business concept to their local Masonic Lodge. The Masonic Lodge may choose to hold a local competition if multiple entries are to be considered.
Each invited University is eligible to send up to three teams to the KEC finals. Universities will determine their representative teams.
Meet the Judges
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Pizza Ranch, Emporia
Borum Machine Services, Inc., Parker
Carey, Thomas, Hoover, & Breault, Inc., Wichita
Landvest Corporation, Wichita
Capps Manufacturing, Wichita
Multiple Business Lines, Goodland
Paul A Honaker, CPA, PA, Topeka
Colby Canvas Company, Colby
L. Kent Needham
First Security Bank, Overbrook
Web Creations & Consulting (WCCIT), LLC, Salina
Value-Line, Value Net, Emporia Radio Stations, Inc., Emporia
Rancher, Min Mix Minerals, CW Feed Products, Sowder Seed Co., Toronto
Three Sisters Inn, Baldwin City
Lincoln L. Wilson, Jr.
Lincoln Wilson Enterprises, Inc., Goodland
Niall Luxury Goods, Overland Park