McCracken County High School students Abigail Birman and Connor Wagner have been selected to attend the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs.
The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs is a highly competitive summer program where Kentucky high school students focus on product innovation and business model design. This year’s program will have 120 students from nearly 50 Kentucky counties.
Participants are selected through a competitive process that does not consider grade-point average or test scores, and the experience is free for all participants.
GSE’s application is structured to identify creative problem-solvers who want to roll up their sleeves and dive head-first into creating something meaningful.
GSE’s first session will run June 6-26 and the second session on July 5-24. Plans for an in-person program hosted by Northern Kentucky University (NKU) are underway.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GSE will implement health protocols to keep participants safe and has worked alongside university partner NKU and the Northern Kentucky community on a comprehensive and strategic plan for this summer.
During the program, teams of students develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch their startups to a panel of judges. GSE teaches the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors.
More than 16 new businesses have been launched by GSE alumni since the program started in 2013. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation.