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Lt. Gov. Hampton launches 2019 Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton

BENTON, Ky. — Today at Marshall County High School, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton announced the kickoff of the 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC).  She first presented the Champion trophy to Principal Patricia Greer and 2018 First Place team Bluegrass VR, comprised of students Claire Harmon and Daniel Sills, advised by Lisa Devillez.  Their idea for digitizing historical markers earned the team $50,000 in scholarships.

“I’m so pleased this wonderfully innovative team brought the Champion trophy to Marshall County High School.  I’m honored to officially start the 2019 competition here,” said Hampton. “This year’s trophy includes a dedication in memory of classmates Preston Cope and Bailey Holt.”  Preston and Bailey were lost in the January school shooting.

The Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge is a business pitch competition open to all Kentucky high school students, grades 9-12. It introduces students to entrepreneurial values and standard business practices, promotes business ownership and creative problem solving, and encourages networking and mentorship with local businesses. This past spring, Kentucky’s contest, which Lt. Governor Hampton created two years ago, served as a template for a similar contest spearheaded by Rhode Island’s Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee.

To compete in 2019, teams of two to four students must register by Dec. 3, 2018, then submit a business plan and short video by Feb. 20, 2019.  All teams will pitch their business ideas before judges during regional competitions in March; the top ten teams will advance to finals in April.  Exact dates and locations will be announced later.

Prizes for the 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge include scholarships that can be used at any Kentucky-based post-secondary institution.  Colleges and universities may provide special prize packages that include additional scholarships and exclusive mentoring opportunities.

 For more information visit www.kylgec.com or contact Lt. Gov. Hampton’s office.