The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, a residential summer program where 72 Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, is accepting applications through Jan. 20.  The 2020 summer session will take place June 7 through June 27 at Northern Kentucky University.

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs brings high school students from across the state into a three-week residential program that gives them “creative space and equips them with the tools needed to unleash their innate entrepreneurial spirits for the betterment of Kentucky,” a press release said.

As part of the program, teams of high school students develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch their startup to a large audience and a panel of judges.

While building a startup, students will tour numerous businesses and learn from entrepreneurs. Students will be able to create business materials and prototypes, and deliver pitches by the end of the program.

“GSE students are Kentucky’s future business creators,” the press release said. “Entrepreneurs leave the program with not only the real world tools to start a business, but a network of contacts from around the state, which includes other students, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders. GSE seeks students who are innovative thinkers and collaborators with a drive that is undeniable.”

Students who attend GSE can earn high school class credits, scholarships to Kentucky colleges and universities and receive access to the tools necessary to start their own businesses.

Because of partnerships with entities like the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Cabinet for Economic Development, TMMK and public and private supporters, like the Marksbury Family Foundation and the Parker Family Fund, GSE is offered at no cost for selected entrepreneurs.

Anyone interested in the program may find more information online at, KentuckyGSE.com.

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