This contest is a great place for student startups to get their feet wet, learn a ton, and some will walk away with thousands of dollars and scholarships.”

I’ve always lived my life by one rule: it’s never too early to get fired up for the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. In accordance with that rule, I am currently getting fired up because the application process is set to begin on December 5, with over $30,000 in cash and scholarship prizes available. For high school students across the state, it’s time to start honing your best business ideas.

“This contest is a great place for student startups to get their feet wet, learn a ton, and some will walk away with thousands of dollars and scholarships,” said Mike Winder, Zions Bank’s Director of Entrepreneurship Programs. “I’m excited to see what this year’s group comes up with.”

The 2017 Challenge aims to build on the success of the first-ever High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by The Lassonde Institute last May and featuring $22,000 in cash/scholarships. Contestants will again be chosen from the 14–18 age group, with finalists announced on March 16, 2017. The final award ceremony will then be held on April 15.

For additional details on the HSUEC and the application process, visit their website.