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Wisconsin Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Application Now Open

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The application for the 2020 Wisconsin Young Entrepreneur Award is now open. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, with Junior Achievement, and EY: Building a Better Working World (a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited), will recognize a young entrepreneur from grades 5-12 this April.

The student selected will demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit by applying business knowledge, growth potential, success, and social involvement through the operation of an actual business.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship or cash prize and will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony. The winning applicant will also be featured on the DPI Young Entrepreneur of the Year webpage.

Eligible students include:

  • Students from grades 5 -12 who is a legal resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin who is currently enrolled in a primary, middle, or high school (public, parochial, private, virtual, or home school). The applicant does not need to be a Junior Achievement student.
  • Owner(s) or manager(s) of a private or public company. The business may be seasonal and must have been in operation since April 29, 2019. Multiple owners will equally share the scholarship/cash prize. The business must have been created by the applicant(s), who must have had continuity of ownership/management throughout the existence of the business.
  • No previous winners of this award.

Videos from past winners and finalists, along with application requirements and the informational letter for teachers and parents, can be found on the DPI Young Entrepreneur of the Year webpage.