Stars Business Competition

Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs Business Competition

Applications are now closed for the 2016 Competition.  Check back in early 2017 for information about next year’s competition.

Three Colorado businesses. Owners aged 6 to 21. Cash prizes of up to $1,000. 

cye 2Each year we scour the state of Colorado for the best youth-owned businesses. These young entrepreneurs, ages 6 to 21, complete a competition application, and then our panel of judges selects a winner and two finalists for each age category. Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000, and finalists receive $250. Winners are also paired with a leading business owner from the Colorado community. Applications for the 2016 competition are now available. Please see below for instructions on how to apply.

How do I apply?
Young Americans uses a startup judging platform called YouNoodle to accept, screen and evaluate applicants for the CYE competition. You will need to create a user name and password. If you have applied in previous years, you may use the same login information. Pay attention to required fields. Also be prepared to download and upload forms.  Applications will open in early 2017.

“The whole CYE experience has far exceeded our expectations with each new opportunity that comes Jasey’s way. I wish there were more organizations like yours as so many kids would benefit from the type of education and opportunities you provide.” –Coy Chanders, father of 2014 CYE Winner, Jasey Chanders

What are you looking for in an entry?
Young Americans wants to know all about you and your business venture. We receive a wide variety of product-and service- based entries and we encourage you to apply no matter where you are with your business. Age, experience, growth, creativity, development, and idea viability are all taken into consideration. Be sure to tell the judges all about your business and your journey in entrepreneurship succinctly, yet thoroughly.

I have a business partner; how do we apply?
You may apply as an individual or business team. All applications in your age category will be judged together. Please use the age (as of June 5, 2016) of the oldest team member to determine which age category to enter.

Can someone help me with the application?
You may ask an adult or Young Americans for help or advice with the application but try to complete most of it as a business. No one knows more about your business than you do!young americans-47

Who do I get a testimonial from?
Your customers are who help you turn your idea into actual business, so ask them to write about your product or service, customer service, and business development.

If I don’t win this year, can I apply again?
Yes! Some of our winners made it to the top by applying the feedback they received from the judges in previous years’ applications. You may apply as long as you are 6-21 years old and have not won in the past. Finalists can re-apply until they win.

When is the Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs?
This year’s event is held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Every applicant is invited to attend the ceremony and will be offered one free ticket. Click here for event details.

Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Camp Bow Wow
Daniels Fund
Skate City
Xcel Energy

Mezzanine Partners


Alpine Bank

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Cambiar Investors

CoBiz Financial

Linda and Don Childears

Colorado Lending Source

First National Denver

Janus Capital Group

The Thiry O’Leary Foundation

Foundation Circle Sponsors

American Furniture Warehouse

Bank of Colorado

BKD CPAs and Advisors

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Colorado Community College System Foundation

Eide Bailly

Essential Investment Partners, LLC

GE Johnson Construction Company

Haynes Mechanical Systems

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s

Scott and Christine Simon

Vectra Bank Colorado