This contest was developed to provide students a real-life experience and raise the awareness of entrepreneurship.
“Students and teachers should have fun with their Dreamquest 2003 idea while at the same time learn valuable lessons,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “The program is designed to expand students' awareness and build business skills while they are exploring their career options.”
The West Virginia Department of Education, University of Charleston’s Entrepreneurship Center, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and other chambers sponsor Dreamquest 2003.
Teachers serve as advisors to the students as they draft a business model, its product or service, and a plan that will generate revenue.
The top ten plans will move to the next phase of a statewide contest. The students of these plans will have the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of venture capitalists during the state finals. Cash prizes of up to $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists in May 2004.
For an application or more information please visit www.wvdreamquest.com.