Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) held the final round of its annual business plan competition, Final Flyers, on June 2 at Emprise Bank in Wichita. The organization awarded a total of $7,500 in capital grants to winning students from Kansas and Missouri.
Sixteen out of 1,100 students from greater Wichita/Southcentral Kansas, Kansas City metro, Topeka and Southwest Kansas high schools participated in Final Flyers. Each participant had eight minutes to present his or her business plan to a group of judges, followed by eight minutes of questions and answers. The judges awarded five students $1,500 in capital grants, including Michele Valadez, East High School, for Catch My Bus.
“The Final Flyers serve as the capstone of the yearlong Youth Entrepreneurs program. It’s inspiring to see Youth Entrepreneurs students put their learning from in and out of the classroom into action and see real, tangible results,” said Phoebe Bachura, Youth Entrepreneurs executive director. “The lessons students learn from this course not only help them integrate into the business world following graduation, but also help them solve problems, and provide them hope and tools to pursue higher education, entrepreneurism and more.”
Additionally, Jon Bachura, YE national outreach director, delivered the keynote presentation at Final Flyers.
“In any market, most people are of the opinion they are buying goods. In reality, they are buying knowledge. The logistics and ideas it took to get that product to the point of sale is more powerful than the dollars it took for the end user to purchase it,” said Jon Bachura. “It represents a shift in mindset, which is something we focus on in our classes. Knowledge is more than just power; it is capital.”
Final Flyers was sponsored by Emprise Bank. Students participating in Final Flyers placed first and second in regional business plan competitions where they received up to $1,000 for higher education or business capital.