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Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

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Baylor Youth Entrepreneur Award

Baylor University is proud to announce the third annual Baylor Youth Entrepreneur Awards.

Baylor University's Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise is seeking outstanding young entrepreneurs to honor and recognize as part of its third annual Baylor Youth Entrepreneur Award program. Students currently in high school who are running new ventures may be nominated to receive recognition and compete for cash prizes.

Through the program, Baylor entrepreneurship seeks identify and formally recognize the most promising young entrepreneurs in the country and provide them with an opportunity to network, explore options to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams at Baylor and to receive financial support for their ventures.

We hope you'll join us for this special event. Please find additional information about this award in the pages of this site regarding format, prizes, and eligibility.

We wish the best of luck to all of the youth entrepreneurs!



Eligibility and Award Information:

You can find more information about the awards process by clicking the tabs below. More information can be found on the designated page for each topic.

Eligibility

Below is a summary of the eligibility guidelines for the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Follow this link to learn more about Eligibility

Requirements:

  • Must be a high school student at time of application
  • Must have established business that currently generates revenue (or has clear sight to revenue within 3 months of application date)
  • Student must be main owner-operator of business
  • Can be located anywhere in continental USA, or online
  • Must be nominated by January 4, 2017
  • Must submit company information by February 10, 2017
  • Must be able to attend live awards event on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 on Baylor's campus in Waco, TX

Format

A brief description of the format for the award is provided below.

For more detailed information about our process, visit awards format page

  • Eligible students must be nominated by completing the nomination form through the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year website
    • Self-nomination is allowed
  • Window for nominations will open Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Once all nominations are collected, nominated students will be contacted by Baylor Entrepreneurship staff
  • Nominees will need to submit a 2-3 page description of their business, along with a (maximum) 5 minute video
  • Submissions will be judged and eight finalists will be invited to attend our awards ceremony event on Baylor University's campus
  • Winners will be announced at the ceremony and cash prizes will be awarded

Nomination Guidelines

Below is a summary of information regarding the guidelines for nomination

More information can be found on our Nominations page

  • Nomination period will open October 16, 2017
  • Nominaiton period will close January 5, 2018
  • Students must be in high school at the time of nomination to be eligible
  • Anyone may nominate a student for consideration for the Baylor Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
  • Students can nominate themselves as well
  • Nominators must complete the nomination form through this website - nominations sent by email, phone, or any other means will not be eligible
  • Click here to access the Nomination Form.

Submission Requirements

All nominees will be contacted to ensure acceptance of the nomination. Upon acceptance, nominees must submit the materials below for judging.

More information can be found on our Material Submissions page.

  • Updated contact information and information about the nominee
  • Written summary of business idea, including proposal for future plans
  • Video summary of business idea, conducted by student nominee

Once all of these materials are collected, they will be passed on to our judges to determine the award winner.

Important Dates

Below is a summary of the important dates relating to the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

Important Dates
October 16, 2017Nomination Period Opens
January 5, 2018Nomination Deadline (11:59 p.m.)
February 9, 2018Material Submission Deadline
February 12-23, 2018 Judging Period
March 2, 2018 Finalists Notified
March 21, 2018 RSVP Deadline
April 11, 2018 Awards Event Date

Prizes

We are excited to award prizes to our young entrepreneur of the year finalists!

  • First Place
    • $2,000.00 cash
    • 1 valuable connection made through Baylor's business network
    • 5 "credits" of hourly time that can be used for mentorship from personnel in Baylor's Center for Entrepreneurship (1 credit = .5 hours)
    • Young Entrepreneur of the Year trophy
    • BU Polo + Young Entrepreneur of the year t-shirt
  • Second Place
    • $1,000.00 cash
    • 3 "credits" of hourly time that can be used for mentorship from personnel in Baylor's Center for Entrepreneurship (1 credit = .5 hours)
    • BU Polo + Young Entrepreneur of the year t-shirt
  • Third Place
    • $500.00 Cash
    • BU Polo + Young Entrepreneur of the year t-shirt
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