Youth Entrepreneurship

Every student deserves the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship, and students can apply the entrepreneur mindset and skillset to any career path they choose!

Missouri afterschool and summer learning programs are setting students on a pathway to entrepreneurship – gaining confidence, connections, and a course of action to start and run their own micro-businesses and social ventures today, and to imagine possibilities for the future.

MASN’s combines a nationally-recognized curriculum with local community-driven guidance that empowers students to:

·         Explore entrepreneurship and generate and develop their own ideas
·         Gain and practice skills as young entrepreneurs
·         Connect with peers, entrepreneurs, and support systems in their communities
·         Access extended experiences and discover opportunities beyond high school

Resources and opportunities for programs:


Micro-grants for afterschool projects

Apply for a 2020-2021 micro-grant: due Sept. 30, 2020

K-12 curriculum/toolkits

Young Entrepreneur Institute

Pitch Challenge Toolkit

Online Resources

Venture Lab

K-12 Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum

Workbooks for Students

Online Resources

Afterschool staff training/development

Young Entrepreneur Institute webinar (Feb 6, 2020)

Venture Lab webinar (April 22, 2020)

For more info on upcoming training sessions, or to request a coaching session or consultation for your program, please email or

Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Challenge

The Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge is a fun and exciting youth business idea pitch contest open to ALL K-12 afterschool students throughout Missouri. The pitch challenge supports young people in developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills. By developing a mindset and skillset of an entrepreneur, young people have an edge for ANY career path they choose.

Educators and families: download this free toolkit to help students create and prepare their pitch presentations! You can also access the 2020 Pitch Competition flyer here.

Hear directly from young people about why they are entering a Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge (video compliments of Young Entrepreneur Institute of NE Ohio).

 2020 Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Challenge results

Youth mentoring, networking, and marketplace opportunities

Coming 2020-2021 – stay tuned!

Supporters of Missouri entrepreneurship afterschool

   Missouri Dept of Elem & Sec Educ – Extended Learning

   Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

   Missouri Intern Connect

   MO Sourcelink

   MU Center for Applied Research & Engagement Systems (CARES)

   MU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

   MU ExCEED Program

   MU Extension

   University of Missouri Entrepreneur Quest Program

If your organization is interested in partnering with MASN to support/expand youth entrepreneurship after school, please contact us.

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