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High School Startup Day 2017


The impetus behind High School Startup Day is to give students a platform to identify and analyze real-world problems, and collaborate with their peers to conceptualize tangible solutions.


High School Startup Day guides students through an intensive, one-day workshop in which they learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship (financial literacy, market research, customer discovery, identifying key stakeholders, etc.), work in teams to solve problems, build their social networks with other high schoolers from around the state, and formulate and present final presentations to a panel of judges.


McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas

The Problem

It is integral to the students’ adoption of the workshop that they have a vested interest in the problem they are trying to solve. The prompt for the day-long workshop is to work in teams to attempt to solve a problem you face in high school education. The workshop will force students to think critically about the problems they face: who are the key stakeholders involved? Do other people identify with this problem? How can you test the market to validate this problem?

Who Can Come:

Any high school in Arkansas is invited to participate in High School Startup Day. There is room for 16 schools to participate, and spots are first-come, first-served. Each school may bring 1 team of 6 students.


The presentation portion of the event is open to the public, and will be judged by industry experts and college faculty.


High School Startup Day is Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University of Central Arkansas. To register, go to


High School Startup Day ends with an open pitch portion, where student groups present their ideas to a panel of judges. The first- and second-place teams will win prizes.

High School Startup Day is presented by the Conductor, Junior Achievement of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting and Arkansas Capital Corporation.