Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs 2017


         June 25 - July 15, 2017


         Transylvania University

         300 North Broadway

         Lexington, KY 40508


Read below first,  then Go to Online Application


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, a student must:

  • Be in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in a Kentucky public or private high school. 
  • Intend  to return to a Kentucky high school for the next school term.
  • Complete all application requirements on time.


What You Will Need

Before beginning the online application, it will be helpful to have the following information ready:

  •   a list of your extracurricular activities, hobbies, awards, personal accomplishments.
  •   a list of relevant classes you have taken in high school. Relevant generally means engineering, computer science, design, business, accounting, marketing.
  •   prepared & spell-checked answers to the short answer essay questions.
  •   your final cut video. (video instructions)                   

You may find it helpful to read through the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).  If you still have a question, you may email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Application Types and Requirements 


Individual Applicants

Options:  To apply as an individual you must either:

1) have an innovative business idea for a product or service (see What Kind of Idea for more information), or

2) have skills or talents and an interest in entrepreneurship that will make you a valuable addition to a business team. 

When applying under scenario 1), it is possible that you could be chosen, but your business idea would not; in which case, you would be assigned to work on someone else's idea as part of a team.   If you are not willing to work on another person's idea,  there is an option on the application to indicate that you want to be considered only for your idea.

Individual applicants must:

  • complete the online application form,
  • create and upload a 2 minute video on YouTube and paste the link into the online application, and
  • have two recommendations submitted on their behalf.


If you have an existing company, you may not apply with that company or its product.  However, you may apply with a new and different idea or to be part of another team.  If you plan to do the later, be sure to tell us about your existing business in your application or video so we know your entrepreneurial aspirations.


Team Applicants


A Team must apply with no more than four members.  A team must  apply with an innovative business idea for a product or service (see What Kind of Idea for more information). Teams will be accepted as a group.  If a team is selected and a member is unable to attend, the entire team will not be able to attend GSE unless an exception is granted prior to May 1.  A team will be required to develop the idea they apply with.  Existing companies are not eligible.


Each individual team member must:

  • complete the online application form.

 Additionally the team must select a point person to:

  • submit a link to a 2 minute video that the team has created and uploaded on YouTube. (Only one video is allowed per team)
  • have two recommendations submitted for the team as a whole. 


Team composition matters as much as the product or idea.  Teams should be formed with a combination of skills.  Generally, a successful team needs someone with great technology skills (programming/hardware/engineering/science), great interpersonal skills (sales, customers), leadership skills (your CEO) and design skills (branding, marketing, product design).  Most people are skilled in one or maybe two areas, but it is extremely rare to find someone who can wear all the hats.


What Will Not Be Accepted

  1. Students applying with an existing or established business as their business idea.
  2. Teams or individuals submitting an application with multiple business ideas. Focus only on one business idea to develop during GSE.
  3. Teams wanting to join other teams. Teams applying without a product or service idea will not be chosen.
  4. If you are applying with a team, but also want to be considered as an individual, you may submit two separate applications. However, you must have a unique business idea for each application. 


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students while participating in the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, physical capabilities, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nation and ethic origin in administration of its educational or admission policies.