More than 300 students from across Kentucky applied but only 72 were selected this summer. With the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, organizers modified the program for a hybrid approach with in-person and virtual sessions as the teens explored business models, networked with seasoned entrepreneurs, and developed their own plans. In the culminating competition, 18 teams presented their startup ideas virtually to an audience of more than 550 people and a panel of judges. Daniel was part of the first-place Pathfinder team, whose safety app allows users to request a person to walk with them if they feel unsafe, quickly call for help, and report security concerns on a college campus.
GSE, which is normally hosted by Northern Kentucky University, immerses students in a creative space and gives them the tools to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. The Kentucky Entrepreneurship Education Network Inc. runs the program. For questions, email Natasha Sams or call (606) 389-0290.