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Community leaders unite to provide more students with access to entrepreneurial education

Wichita, Kan. – Thousands of high school students in locations across the U.S. will now get the chance to experience entrepreneurial education thanks to the generosity of several local Wichita businesses and other organizations, as well as more than 900 guests at Biz Bang, the biennial fundraising event for Youth Entrepreneurs (YE). This year’s event was held Aug. 17 at INTRUST Bank Arena. 

A record $2 million was raised at the event to fund students and educators who dare every day to follow their dreams and create value in society. 

Youth Entrepreneurs is a high school program that provides students a hands-on learning experience inside and outside of the classroom, and teaches the skills necessary to start their own business, improves their marketability in the workforce, and encourages them to continue into higher education. 

The action-packed Biz Bang fundraiser had a superhero theme focused on students and educators who transform the world for the better. The event was produced by ILUSION Productions, whose founder and president Seth Konkel is a Youth Entrepreneurs alumnus. His team was assisted by 85 volunteers. 

“I am truly surrounded by superheroes,” said Liz Koch, founder and chairman of YE, “For 27 years, students, teachers, staff and donors have made this possible: YE is now in high schools in 18 states and we are launching a new digital platform.” 

Nationally, nearly 180 classes and 3,400 students participated in Youth Entrepreneurs during the 2017- 18 school year. To date, the YE program has produced more than 30,000 alumni across the country. Funds raised at the Biz Bang event will help the program as it continues to expand across the U.S. 

“Biz Bang is always an amazing event,” said Kylie Stupka – president of YE, “but this year’s event was truly superpowered. We are extremely grateful for the support of donors on this night and every day who – along with so many others – help us grow our program so more and more students can discover their innate talents and develop a lifelong passion for learning.” 
 

Biz Bang received tremendous support from the Wichita business and entrepreneurial community and beyond. Execute to Win, based in Phoenix, Ariz., was the presenting sponsor for the event. Bank of America; BKD; Textron Aviation; The Plaid Giraffe; Alloy Architecture; Cox Communications; Delta Dental; Hutton Construction; Spirit AeroSystems; INTRUST Bank Arena; and McInnes Group were also sponsors. The complete sponsor and donor listing can be found at https://youthentrepreneurs.org/bizbang 

Interviews and images from the event are available upon request. 

About Youth Entrepreneurs 

Founded in 1991, Youth Entrepreneurs is a high school program that helps students in need discover fulfillment through the creation of their own business idea. The program provides students a hands-on learning experience inside and outside of the classroom, and teaches the skills necessary to start their own business, improves their marketability in the workforce, and encourages them to continue into higher education. Youth Entrepreneurs serves over 3,000 students annually, operates in nearly 180 classrooms and has over 30,000 alumni across the U.S. Youth Entrepreneurs is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is funded by private donations. For more information, visit http://www.youthentrepreneurs.org.