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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Lansing Center, Downtown Lansing

Lansing Youth Startup Challenge

This event is open to any middle school or high school aged student, living or attending school in the Tri-county region of Lansing (Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties). The event consists of an Executive Summary Business Plan portion(50%), a Product Display/Demo portion(50%). Cash Prizes will be awarded for Best Executive Summary Business Plan, Best Product Display/Pitch, as well as overall Champion.

Event Details 

Executive Summary Business Plan - 50% of Total Score
Each student is required to submit a 2-page executive summary business plan.

Product/Service Display - 50% of Total Score
Each student is required to display their idea/business in some fashion. An 8 foot table will be provided for the students’ use. Students will have access to power. Students will not have access to WIFI. 

Champion - $1,000 CASH PRIZE
One student team will win the coveted Champion Award using their overall scores for Best Executive Summary Business Plan and Best Product Display/Demo.


Students have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $10,000.  

List of Youth Business Awards:

 - Grand Champion
-  B
est Business Plan (1st, 2nd and 3rd places)
-  Best Table Pitch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places)
-  Best Booth Display (1st’ 2nd, and 3rd places)
-  Best Tech Business
-  Best Eco-Friendly business
-  Best Socially Responsible Business
-  Best Green Energy Tech Idea
-  Best Physical Product
-  Best Food Based Business
-  Best Service Based Business
-  Best Fashion or Design based Business
-  Best YEA! Business 
-  Best Newcomer - New Idea
-  Best Innovation for Social Justice
-  Best Ready to Patent Prototype 
-  Best Champion - Teacher/Educator
-  Best District Representation

Registration for Chaperones/Parents/Teachers

Event Date

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Lansing Center
Downtown, Lansing, MI


Register and submit your business plan by Friday, March 10, 2017. 

Schedule of Events

 9:00 AM   Student Arrival 
 9:30 AM  Student Display & Present to Judges
 11:30 AM  Student Lunch/Judges' Deliberation
 12:30 PM  Awards Presentation
 1:30 PM  Adjournment

Additional Information for Participants:

1. You must submit a business plan through the online portal between December 5, 2016 - March 10, 2017.

2. Business Plans should be 2-pages (maximum) and should consist of:  1. Problem  2. Solution  3. Target Market  4. Marketing   5. Financial Summary  6. Competition  7. Team  8. Why is this good for the Lansing region?  9. Next -Steps

3. Lunch will be served to all students and chaperones. 

4. Each student/class/group is responsible for their own transportation to and from to the Lansing Center.