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Entrepreneur Direct

Entrepreneur Direct is a speaker series that features successful entrepreneurs in an informal setting accessible to students, faculty, and the public. The program is intended to connect students with successful entrepreneurs who have stories and advice to share. A panel asks questions about entrepreneurship and encourage questions and interaction with the audience. These events are often standing-room-only and are also shared by video over the Tiger Media Network and the Internet. The next Entrepreneur Direct will be on February 22, 2018 from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. in the Robbins Center's Eagle Communication Hall.

Entrepreneur Direct Speakers

Kansas Startup

Kansas Startup brings people together for an intense and exciting weekend to share fresh ideas, form teams and launch new ventures. Students and anyone with a business idea can participate. Coaching is provided by FHSU faculty, successful entrepreneurs, and professionals. Significant prizes include accounting setup, incorporation services, assistance with filing trademarks, Management Development Workshop Sessions, and other assistance key to getting a business off the ground. The next Kansas Startup will be November 10-12, 2017.

Faulkner Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Faulkner Entrepreneurship Challenge is a venture idea competition that is open to students from Fort Hays State University.

Students will bring innovative business ideas and they will be able to develop them by themselves or in groups in a number of weeks. Students will be assisted through workshops which provide key tools for the developments of their startups. Students will then have to present to a panel of judges in 5 minutes or less and they will also be allowed 5 more minutes for questions and answers.

The top three teams will be awarded scholarship prizes. The intention of the competition is to assist students in the development of a business venture. Not only does this event give students insight into what it takes to start their own business, it also gives them the chance to turn their dream into a reality and represent FHSU at the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Business Plan Competitions

Students travel to regional and national business plan competitions to compete and gain exposure to what other university students are doing on a national scale. Fort Hays State University provides workshops on topics such as information and ideation, how to write a business plan, and tips for presenting ideas in front of an audience.

Entrepreneurship Tour to Kansas City

Places to be visited include: Kauffman Foundation, Sprint Accelerator, and Startup Village

Dates: TBD

During the Entrepreneurship Tour to Kansas City, students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most innovative areas in the U.S. and the world. The three facilities that we will be visiting bring together some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators in the U.S. You will be able to see first-hand how these entrepreneurs were able to start their businesses and grow them to be multi-million dollar businesses. The businesses that they have started cover different areas such as technology, biology, marketing, health, and more. This will be a great learning experience for you regardless your major!





Startup Village
Sprint Accelerator
Registration Form


FHSU to Offer Entrepreneurship Camp for High School Students June 1-4, 2018

The Fort Hays State University Entrepreneurship Camp will be offered for the first time on FHSU’s campus in 2018.  It will afford high school students from across the country the opportunity to work with like-minded students wishing to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.  The camp will include passionate speakers coming in to engage the students and discuss concepts such as idea generation, creativity, and corporate entrepreneurship.  The end-game of the camp is to help students find their entrepreneurial energy.

A grant from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation fully covers the cost of participation for 30 high school students who will be selected via a competitive process.  The camp will be hosted on FHSU’s campus in the Dane G. Hansen Scholarship Hall for Entrepreneurship from June 1-4, 2018.  For more information, please follow this link:



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