Camp Destination Innovation, in partnership with NetWork Kansas, is gearing up for the second annual Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge. This event is designed to engage youth, spark innovation, and creativity in a time of social distancing, for a chance to win cash prizes. With over 140 submissions in 2020, it is anticipated for an even higher turn out for its second year.
 
“We were delightfully surprised with the overwhelmingly positive responses we received for our first-ever Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge,” said Marquetta Atkins, Founder of Destination Innovation, Inc. (dba Camp Destination Innovation). “With over 145 young people across the state of Kansas who registered, the event was a success and the request inquiring when the next event will be held came immediately. Well, we are answering your call, with more time to prepare for this year’s KYVEC competition!”
 
The virtual competition will be held through NetWork Kansas’ VentureDash tool. VentureDash is an online entrepreneurship competition management system helping to streamline the facilitation of entrepreneurship fairs and business plan competitions held throughout the state with over 50 competitions hosted on its platform this year alone.
 
“The Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge has challenged and inspired my sons like nothing I’ve experienced before. Sure they’ve been involved with academics and sports, but to see them thinking outside the box about how they could change and impact our world was incredible,” said Sara Bloom, parent of children that completed the program. “Both sat down and really brainstormed their interests and how those interests, even skateboarding, could possibly impact their community. It forced them to think of others, to think of finances, to think of marketing. The businesses they pitched may not be in operation, but they could be, and that alone dares them to keep dreaming and dreaming big.”
 
Submissions will open July 1st with judging taking place the week of July 26th and winners announced on August 2nd. Students split into three divisions (elementary, middle school, and high school) will compete in a virtual video pitch competition for their chance to win prizes:
 
Elementary:    
1st Place- $300
2nd Place -$150
3rd Place-$100
 
Middle School:
1st place -$500
2nd Place- $250
3rd Place – $150
 
High School: 
1st Place-$1,000
2nd Place-$350
3rd Place- $250
 
Visit the Camp DI website, campdestinationinnovation.com, and Facebook for more registration information.
 
Camp Destination Innovation is a Wichita, Kansas camp that offers programs designed to expose youth ages 14-18 to careers outside of traditional norms with a targeted focus on entrepreneurship.
 
NetWork Kansas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to making entrepreneurship a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. NetWork Kansas connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business-building and community development resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas is also the home of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2). E2 provides best practice solutions to entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Kansas and nationally.
 
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include the availability of financial capital, support by local leadership, and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation, and more.
 
For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities or call 877.521.8600
 
To learn more about Camp Destination Innovation, contact Marquetta Atkins at campdiwichita@gmail.com, or visit www.campdestinationinnovation.com

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