This program provides holistic business support for young entrepreneurs.
This is an exciting new program, which is essentially a business idea competition for Kansas High School and University students. The “challenge” will be held at Kansas State University, and is intended to provide support for young entrepreneurs in Kansas as they start and grow businesses. The program will include mentoring opportunities with community business leaders, as well as access to financial prizes.
The Kansas Masons, specifically, will be encouraged to mentor teams from local high schools and universities. High school teams will be required to be “sponsored” by the local lodges in order to be eligible for the challenge. KMF is excited about the partnership with KSU in this challenge, specifically, because of KSU’s impact on over 1,500 students through $100,000 given to launch startup businesses over the last five years.
In addition to the possible growth of business in Kansas through this program, students will also benefit from:
- Improved academic performance, school attendance; and educational attainment
- Increased problem-solving and decision making abilities
- Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
- Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)