Wichita — Camp Destination Innovation joined with Network Kansas for the first-ever Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge, an event designed to engage currently quarantined youth and spark innovation and creativity for a chance to win cash prizes. Over 140 young people across the state submitted video pitches and 75 went on to compete for cash prizes.
The virtual competition was held through Network Kansas’s new VentureDash tool. VentureDash is an online entrepreneurship competition management system for entrepreneurship fairs and business plan competitions. The system was created by Moonbase Labs based out of Wichita.
From April 27 through May 11, students in three divisions (elementary, middle school and high school) competed in a virtual video pitch competition for their chance to win prizes.
The winners are:
Elementary- 1st place $300; 2nd place $150; 3rd $100
1st Place: Boom Boards, Isaac Bloom, 5th grade, Hays
2nd Place: Virtual Care, Edyn Thompson, 4th grade, Kansas City
3rd place: Bella’s Home-Made Dog Treats, Hadley Holmes, 1st grade, Riverton
Middle School- 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $150
1st Place: Jabby Jerky, Gabby Poels, 6th grade, Phillipsburg
Three students tied for 2nd Place:
Mow it Forward, Quinton Heath, 7th grade, Great Bend
Ian’s Straw Baling Service, Ian Dunn, 8th grade, St. John
Lauren’s Treat, Lauren Seachris, 8th grade, Dodge City
High school- 1st place $1,000; 2nd place: $350; 3rd place 250
1st Place: Finding Freedom, Lovette Mba, Wichita
2nd Place: Craving Crushers, Jersey Kaiser, Senior, Plainville
3rd Place: T&H Sports Counseling, Halle Hartner, Sophomore and Tate Lapo, Senior, Belleville
Special bonus prizes:
First to Submit: Dawn Till Dusk
Most Creative: Auto Pizza
Best energy in a Video: Wild and Free
People’s choice: Tiana’s Sweet Drop Off’s
Camp Destination Innovation is a Wichita camp that offers programs designed to expose youth ages 14-18 to careers outside of traditional norms with target focused on entrepreneurship.