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2016 Y.E.S. For Arkansas 5th - 8th Grade Business Plan Competition

NEW for the 2015-2016 academic year! Download the Y.E.S. for Arkansas Teacher's Manual.

The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, created the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas business plan competition in 2005 to introduce young Arkansans in grades 5-8 to the opportunities of entrepreneurship.

Since the first competition in 2006, more than 7,000 students and teachers have competed for more than $70,000 in cash awards, trophies, and medals.

Students who compete in Y.E.S. are taking part in a project-based learning activity that requires higher-order thinking skills. They work in teams to think of a business idea that could make money, which also encourages them to think about innovation and what their futures could be.

The team is charged with creating its own business plan to submit for the competition. The top 25 teams chosen as finalists are invited to Park Plaza in Little Rock on February 5, 2016, for the final round of the competition, Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day, to exhibit and market their concepts and products to a team of judges. The event concludes with the naming of the winners and an awards presentation.

Teachers say that competing in Y.E.S. challenges students to use their core reading, writing, spelling, and math skills. The process also brings out their students’ communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills – key skills that are part of 21st century education.

Business plans are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

To get started, you need to have an iStart or Startup Compete account. For more on Startup Compete (formerly iStart) and everything else you need to know about Y.E.S. for Arkansas, follow these links:

Questions? Email: info_aeaf@arcapital.com

Good luck!


Founding Sponsor: Arkansas Capital Corporation

Presenting Sponsor: Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation