Lakin Denny is from Colby, Ks., and is the daughter of JJ & Lori Denny. Lakin was blessed with a beautiful talent for art. She is a past YEC participant. Lakin received the Chuck Dempewolf $500 scholarship and the Joyce Lauritsen Gatlin $500 scholarship through the Thomas County Community Foundation. Lakin will be attending K-State this fall majoring in Marketing with a minor in Art. Lakin hopes to continue selling her artwork post college.
About the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC)
YEC is a sequence of community-based entrepreneurship competitions for students in grades 7-12, culminating in a state championship. The YEC series gives students hands-on experience thinking entrepreneurially by creating, developing and presenting a business concept that addresses a problem or opportunity. Then, on a given day, students compete against one another in teams or individually. Students work is judge by local entrepreneurs, resource partners, teachers or other adults and prizes are awarded.
About NetWork Kansas
NetWork Kansas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to making entrepreneurship a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. NetWork Kansas connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business-building and community development resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas is also the home of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2). e2 provides best practice solutions to entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Kansas and nationally.
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities, or call 877.521.8600
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