McCracken County High School student Ellie Whiteside has 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 144 students from nearly 63 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 12- July 2 and the second session on July 10-30 at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).
In 2021, due to the ever-increasing demand for the GSE experience, a second summer session was added to accommodate a total of 120 high school students. This year’s two cohorts will double the program size for a total of 144 students, up from 72 just two years ago.
Opening to its first group of students in 2013, GSE is a relative newcomer on the list of Kentucky’s Governor’s Schools. Students are taught the opportunities, benefits, and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors. During the program, teams of students develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch their startups to a panel of judges.
While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, more than 30 new businesses have been launched by GSE alumni since it started. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation.
Dozens of alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received by attending GSE in high school. Through partnerships with collegiate partners, GSE provides more than $5 million in scholarship funding opportunities to Kentucky high school students each year. GSE fosters and empowers the commonwealth’s future business owners and community leaders, giving these teens the support, they need to go from high school students to business owners.