Young Entrepreneurs

The SC Young Entrepreneur Award was established in 2004 by SC Economics as a way to recognize outstanding elementary, middle or high school students for their accomplishments in entrepreneurship. The award was created in support of South Carolina’s efforts for economic development: to raise the per capita income by nurturing innovation and collaboration to make the state more competitive in the knowledge-based economy. Each year, SC Economics recognizes five elementary, middle or high school students who demonstrate a keen entrepreneurial spirit. These young people have met the challenge of starting their own businesses, understand the costs and benefits of working for themselves, and are willing to share their experiences with their peers.


  • The winners and their families are invited to SC Economics' annual awards banquet every spring.
  • Each award winner receives a $100 cash prize.

Rules & Eligibility

  • Must be elementary, middle or high school students in South Carolina currently and actively involved in their entrepreneurial business.
  • Anyone may nominate a young entrepreneur, parents, teachers, community members, and the entrepreneurs may nominate themselves.
  • Nominees will be evaluated and finalists will be asked to write a one page concept paper on the following topic:
  • What process did you go through to create a business plan and/or develop your entrepreneurial skills?