$30K in prize awards set for Native Youth Business Plan Competition

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/09/2020 02:30 PM
LONGMONT, Colo. – First Nations Development Institute and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will host a Native Youth Business Plan Competition to be held in conjunction with the Reservation Economic Summit 2020 in Las Vegas. 

The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Jan. 15.

Ten semifinalist teams (five high school division teams and five college division teams) will be awarded travel scholarships to attend RES 2020 to pitch their business plans in front of a panel of Native judges and investors.

The top three teams from each division will be awarded prizes to aid in their business ventures. The first-place teams will receive $7,500, second-place will receive $5,000 and third-place will receive $2,500. 

The Native Youth Business Plan Competition is open to teams of two to three Native youth who must be able to attend a one-day workshop and on-stage competition on March 3 at the RES. Youth semifinalists are welcome to attend the entire summit which will be held March 1-5 at the Paris Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas. 

Members of each team must be affiliated with a state- or federally-recognized tribe and must be between 14 to 24 years of age. The competition will consist of a high school division and college division. Teams are required to have up to three youth of the same age group/division. You cannot have one high school youth and one college youth. 


To apply for the competition, please click here.

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