Guidelines for the LGEC

The LGEC consists of FOUR components which will be weighted and totaled in an overall score.

The FOUR components are:

  • 1) Written Business Plan

  • 2) Oral Presentation (pitch)

  • 3) Marketing Video (1 min)

  • 4) Tradeshow Booth Display

Click Here for the LGEC Guidelines

Who can apply?

  • High school students grades 9-12 who live in Kentucky

  • Teams must have at least 2 students, but no more than 4.

  • Teams must have one adult advisor (other than a parent) who will serve as a committed guide throughout the process (e.g., teachers, local business owners).


The LGEC has two layers: regional competitions and a finals competition. The regional competitions will take place in four (4) zones across Kentucky, with the top two teams from each regional advancing to the finals.

Winnings: Finals competitors will compete for grand prize scholarship money. There will be additional innovation and audience choice awards at both the regional and finals levels.

What it looks like: The written business plan and marketing video will be submitted and scored prior to the regional competition. At the regional competition, students will have 10 minutes to pitch their oral presentation using a PowerPoint presentation and any additional props as needed to a panel of judges. They will also set up a tradeshow-style booth space to display their plan for judging.

The regional competitions will be held in March at each of four (4) zone locations around the state.

Apply & Register: The regional competitions are open to any team that completes all of the following:

1) PRE-REGISTER by Dec 3.

2) SUBMIT all milestone requirements online by Feb 20.

Regional Competitions

Pennyrile - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Madisonville Community College, Main (North) Campus

Heartland - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - University of Louisville, Student Activities Center

Appalachian - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Morehead State University, Adron Doran University Center

Bluegrass - Friday, March 29 - Somerset Community & Technical College, Somerset Campus


Scoring follows the same FOUR categories from Regionals, although all four are revised, improved, and resubmitted for Finals judging.

Scholarship money will be split among the top four teams at Finals. The specific breakdown of scholarships will be announced in March 2019. 

More information on other award packages, including college scholarships, non-monetary awards from educational partners, and GSE admission will be released in early 2019.