Grand Island agencies help build the next generation of entrepreneurs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Future Builders Challenge at College Park Friday was originally supposed to take place three years ago.

“The Future Builders Challenge was scheduled to take place on March 20-23, 2020,” said Tara Nettifee, Future Builders Challenge Coordinator.

Many will recall that COVID-19 took hold in the United States in mid-March of 2020, forcing everything, including extracurricula, to go dark.

Coming out of the pandemic, the Future Builders Challenge is back and 45 high schoolers from across the Grand Island area came to learn about the business possibilities.

The event was sponsored by Grow Grand Island and the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation. Event organizers said there was a lot to expect from this competition.

“The Grand Island community and Central Nebraska as a whole were built on a strong foundation of entrepreneurs. We want to continue that trend as we continue to grow as a region, as a state, and really sharpen our entrepreneurial spirit,” GIAEDC said the President Mary Berlie.

Attending students said they have big goals and are learning how best to work collaboratively to achieve them.

“Being an entrepreneur and all that, hanging out with other people and hearing other people’s ideas is super important, so having that comfort of going to other people is really nice to take out today,” said Centura Cove student Ingleman .

The Grand Island students who attended were from Heartland Lutheran, Grand Island Senior, and Grand Island Central Catholic, as well as students from Aurora, St. Paul, Centura, and Wood River.

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