Innovative. Creative. Inclusive.

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) identifies and enables Kentucky high school students to become our Commonwealth's next generation of entrepreneurs. Through our three-week residential experience, GSE participants from throughout the Commonwealth are:

  1. Introduced to KY's most successful entrepreneurs and fastest growing businesses,
  2. Equipped with the tools and skills to create and build their own businesses, and
  3. Matched with complementary skilled peers to develop business plans and product or service prototypes. The annual GSE intensive program culminates in a pitch competition attended by a large audience representing Kentucky's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, participants qualify for nearly $3 million in scholarships from Kentucky's universities and colleges. Nearly 500 young Kentuckians have graduated from GSE since our inception in 2013.

GSE gives teens an authentic glimpse into entrepreneurship and continues to develop them along their entrepreneurial journey.

To lay a foundation of entrepreneurial thinking and equip with the necessary tools to enable the next generation of business builders and leaders in Kentucky.

We believe that exposing teens to entrepreneurship allows them to see the world differently. After discovering how to use these tools, teens are more easily able to identify opportunities and act upon them.

A three- week residential, immersive, and transformative entrepreneurial experience for Kentucky teens. Participants leave our program with a founder’s work ethic and an innovator’s eye.

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KEENStart™ offers educational opportunities and programs around entrepreneurship, design-thinking and innovation strategies.

KEENStart is the parent organization of Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. KEENStart is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. This means that your sponsorship makes a difference. Thank you for supporting teen entrepreneurs.

Learn more about how you can support Kentucky's future.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
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