Young entrepreneurs of Douglas County invited to compete in virtual challenge

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Innovative students in grades six through 12 are invited to compete for big prizes in the 2021 Douglas County Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The competition includes preparing a written business plan, an elevator speech and a formal presentation. Students can participate as individuals or as teams to get hands-on entrepreneurship experience.

“During past competitions, students have pitched businesses that offer swimming lessons, resale clothing, jewelry, baked goods, taxidermy and pet sitting,” according to a news release from the county.

Local teachers, entrepreneurs and community leaders judge the competition. Cash prizes are $1,250, $750 and $500 for first, second and third place, respectively. There is also a bonus $500 award to the business or concept with the best rural benefit, according to an event flyer. The teacher of the first-place winner will also get $500.

Students should apply by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. The virtual challenge will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Douglas County’s first-place winner will have the opportunity to advance to the statewide competition for more prize money and honors.

Sign up or find more information at this link.


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