YouthBiz Stars Business Competition

YouthBiz Stars Business Competition

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

Applications are closed for this year’s competition.  They will re-open in Winter, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2017 YouthBiz Stars Finalists:

6-11 years old:

  • Liam Lennon (10) – The Lucky Penny
  • Owen Lennon (10) – All Natural Bath Products & Candles
  • Shae Maiorana (11) – Cover Your Collar

12-15 years old:

  • Rain Adams (13) – Bakeology
  • Lily Blessing (13) – Lily’s Little Buddies
  • Sam (15) and Max Craig (12) – SMax Sticks

16-21 years old:

  • Allison Burt (16) – AB Art & Photography
  • Brenden Coney (17) – Elevation Creations
  • Lily (16), Chloe (14), and Sophie (12) Warren – Sweet Bee Sisters

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Each 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 2017 competition are now open. Please see below for instructions on how to apply.

How do I apply?
Young Americans uses a startup judging platform called Startup Compete to accept, screen and evaluate applicants for the CYE competition. You will need to create a user name and password. Pay attention to required fields. Also be prepared to download and upload forms.  Application is available here.

“The whole [YouthBiz Stars] 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 2014 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. If you have a business partner, you can invite a them to the application. They’ll need to create a username and password as well, however, they won’t need to fill out another application. 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 Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars Event?
This year’s event will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 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.

Want to explore other opportunities for youth business owners?  Click here.

Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Daniels Fund
Great West Financial
Xcel Energy

Presenting Mentors

Burkett Family Foundation
Michael Barkin

Michael Barkin, Vail Resorts

Matthew Burkett, The Flyfisher Group and The Burkett Family Foundation

Traci Lounsbury, Elements

Mezzanine Partners

AAA Colorado

Alpine Bank

Linda and Don Childears

CoBiz Financial

Janus Henderson Investors


Midwest One

Newman Family Foundation

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

David and Pam Wolf

Foundation Circle Members

Bank of Colorado

BKD CPAs and Advisors

Colorado Lending Source

Community Colleges of Colorado

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP


FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado

JCR Capital

Koelbel & Co.

Riveron Consulting

Scott Simon