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Mitchell County to host YEC challenge

BELOIT – Solomon Valley Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, has announced the Mitchell County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge that will take place in Beloit this March, as part of the 2020 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The competition will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the North Central Kansas Technical College Student Union. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship.

“We are excited to host the first ever Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Mitchell County. Our goal is to introduce entrepreneurship to students and hope they identify and fill a need in our communities.” says Heather Hartman, Solomon Valley Economic Development Director.

Mitchell County is one of many communities 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 written business plan or executive summary, a “tradeshow” booth, and an elevator pitch or presentation. The students (7th through 12th grade) can compete as an individual or a team and will be competing against each other for $1,500 in prize money. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. This is the first time Mitchell County has brought this competition to their community.

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 April 28 at Kansas State University.

For more information, contact Heather Hartman, Solomon Valley Economic Development, at 785-738-3000 or

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537