• Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge

    April 17, 2017

  • Key Dates & Entry Information

    All submission deadlines are final.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

    High School Division

    Intent to compete -March 1, 2017

    Video submission - March 13, 2017

    Announcement of Finalists - March 27, 2017

    Executive Summary & Presentation Slides - April 7, 2017

    University Division

  • Cash Prizes

    $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

    University Division

    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)

  • Program Overview

    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

    We're on a mission to fund great entrepreneurs!

    Rich Avery

    Pizza Ranch, Emporia

    Tony Borum

    Borum Machine Services, Inc., Parker

    Jeff Breault

    Carey, Thomas, Hoover, & Breault, Inc., Wichita

    Brian Byrd

    Landvest Corporation, Wichita

    Ronald Capps

    Capps Manufacturing, Wichita

    Sky Goodwin

    Multiple Business Lines, Goodland

    Paul Honaker

    Paul A Honaker, CPA, PA, Topeka

    Steve Molstad

    Colby Canvas Company, Colby

    L. Kent Needham

    First Security Bank, Overbrook

    Brent Sadler

    Web Creations & Consulting (WCCIT), LLC, Salina

    Stephen Sauder

    Value-Line, Value Net, Emporia Radio Stations, Inc., Emporia

    Jeff Sowder

    Rancher, Min Mix Minerals, CW Feed Products, Sowder Seed Co., Toronto

    Mikel Stoops

    Three Sisters Inn, Baldwin City

    Frederick Reichert

    Sprint, Lansing

    Lincoln L. Wilson, Jr.

    Lincoln Wilson Enterprises, Inc., Goodland

    Michael Wilson

    Niall Luxury Goods, Overland Park