Youth Entrepreneurship

Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Challenge

The Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Challenge is a fun and exciting youth business idea pitch contest open to all K-12 afterschool students throughout Missouri.
Download this free toolkit to help students in grades K-5, 6-8, or 9-12 prepare a 1-minute video pitch for a new business, product, service or technology idea!
Register and upload student video pitches any time until midnight April 30, 2021.  Results and prizes to be awarded at a virtual recognition event May 17, 2021.
More Info | 2021 Flyer | 2020 Results

More about 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 K-12 students on a pathway to entrepreneurship to start and run micro-businesses and social ventures today, and imagine possibilities for the future.

MASN combines nationally-recognized curriculum, community-driven programs and Missouri entrepreneurial ecosystem support to empower K-12 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:

Through the Mott Foundation’s youth entrepreneurship grant to MASN, all Missouri afterschool and summer learning programs can access K-12 entrepreneurship curriculum/toolkits, micro-grant funding, professional development, state event opportunities for K-12 students, and program coaching/technical assistance.

K-12 curriculum/toolkits

Young Entrepreneur Institute
Every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship
Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge Toolkit
Distance Learning Tools | Resource Directory | Speakers Bureau

VentureLab
Bringing entrepreneurial learning to 400,000 students, 150+ countries, and 50 US states
K-12 Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum
Remote Learning | Business Model Builder | Virtual Non-Competitive Pitch Events

Micro-grant funding

Receive $1,000 to start/expand a youth entrepreneurship program, May-Dec 2021!
Round 2 Call for Proposals (SPRING 2021, OPENS MAR 1 – APR 30)
Round 1 grants awarded (FALL 2020)

Professional development

Enspire Conference Resources (Dec 2020)
VentureLab MOSAC2 Conference Session (Nov 2020) | VentureLab Webinar (Apr 2020)
YEI Pitch Challenge Webinar (Feb 2020) | For Frontline Staff (Feb 2020)

For more info on upcoming training sessions, or to request a coaching session or consultation for your program, please email cowsertm@missouri.edu or hennesss@missouri.edu

 

Youth mentoring, networking, and more!

VentureLab Virtual Non-Competitive Pitch Events
VentureLab Spark Mentorship Program
Stay tuned for more!

Missouri entrepreneurial ecosystem supporters

Missouri Dept of Elem & Sec Educ – Extended Learning
Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Missouri Intern Connect
Missouri Apprentice 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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