HS entrepreneur contest returns

By The Mercury

McPherson College’s Jump Start Kansas is returning for the second year in a row – putting more than $80,000 in grants and scholarships on the line to motivate and develop high school entrepreneurs in Kansas.

Jump Start Kansas awards two grand-prize grants of $5,000 to a Kansas high school student or team of students who present the best entrepreneurial idea – one grant in the area of commercial entrepreneurship and one for social entrepreneurship.

The grants come with no stipulation that the high school students attend McPherson College.

In addition, the grand prize winners will receive a $20,000 scholarship to McPherson College across four years.

All students for the remaining eight finalist ideas will be offered a $4,000, four-year scholarship to attend McPherson College.

Students can enter with their ideas between now and Jan. 28 at mcpherson.edu/jumpstartkansas.

Finalists last year included:

•Steel Salvation – a business creating water bottles from recycled steel;

•KcTeenLink – an online resource for advice and arts collaboration for Kansas City teens;

•One Smart Cookie – a tutoring business in a relaxed café setting; and

•The Sports Locker – a social venture to help low-income students to receive help with sports equipment and fees.

The applications for JumpStart Kansas will be judged by an independent panel of entrepreneurs, community members and McPherson College faculty.

The 10 finalists (five in the commercial and five in the non-profit categories) will be notified of their selection on Jan. 30.

The finalists will be required to travel to the McPherson College campus to present their ideas on Feb. 13.

The two grand prize winners will be announced the same day.

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