ELKINS — A group of students from Elkins High School are traveling to Morgantown today to take part in a statewide competition.
“There is a huge learning component to participating in these business plan competitions, and this workshop is a prime example of that,” Steven Cutright, director of the BrickStreet Center, said in a press release. “Part of the charge of the Secretary of State is to make sure businesses are properly registered, and we are fortunate that Secretary Warner will spend time with these competition finalists. Secretary Warner also plans to make sure students know about the services that are available to them through these potential new start-up businesses. This workshop brings together knowledge for students, continuing relationships with state agencies and a shared goal of business creation in West Virginia.”
The competition is hosted by the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which operates out of the WVU College of Business and Economics.
The BPC workshop will allow students taking part in the competition and mentors to take part in a training workshop. In addition, the teams will be looking to launch new businesses in West Virginia while competing for other grand prizes. High school competitors will have the chance to earn a grand prize of $10,000 in college scholarships.
“These competitions attract some of the most promising young entrepreneurs in West Virginia,” Warner said in a press release. “These students possess the interest, intellect and drive to be successful in the classroom and in business. We’re proud of these students, their teachers and their mentors for making it to the final stage of the competitions.”
Warner’s office is actively working to attract and retain entities wanting to conduct business in West Virginia, according to the press release.
The West Virginia Collegiate and High School Business Plan Competitions are part of the WVU Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Applied (IDEA) Ecosystem, a university-wide network of centers, offices and programs that fosters and supports innovation and entrepreneurship among WVU students, faculty and staff while engaging the statewide community.
The 2017-18 high school competition had 76 entries from 16 schools this year.