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Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs Announces Students Selected for Summer Program 



April 23, 2019—Kentucky’s Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) announces the students selected for the 2019 GSE summer program at Northern Kentucky University.

Seventy two high school students were selected out of 300 applications for the competitive three-week summer program. This year marks the highest enrollment for GSE, taking place at NKU from June 23 to July 13. Through GSE, students learn firsthand about the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of launching a business concept  from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors. Teams of students develop business models, design prototypes and pitch startup ideas to a large audience and panel of judges.

“NKU and the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region is the perfect location for the GSE with our emphasis on nurturing talent, fostering innovation and enhancing community vibrancy,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “Through our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) Jumpstart program, we have seen how introducing the startup mindset to high school students impacts them. It empowers these future leaders to foster innovation and inspire change. I’m proud NKU will have a role in exposing these students to the entrepreneurial way of thinking.”

In November 2018, GSE announced NKU as the host campus for the 2019 summer session. The partnership targets the high school and college level to cultivate talented entrepreneurs across Kentucky. The success of the CIE, housed in the Haile/US Bank College of Business, helped to lay the groundwork for this partnership. NKU’s innovative, transdisciplinary academic experience complements GSE's entrepreneurial experience.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to be immersed in a creative, real-world experience where they can develop the skills needed to develop and launch their own business. It is also a great place to learn from each other and their teachers and experience a college campus,” Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey stated in a release.

Through collaborations with collegiate partners, GSE provides more than $2.7 million in scholarship funding opportunities to Kentucky high school students each year.

Northern Kentucky GSE Students:

Isabelle Bailey, a junior at Notre Dame Academy

Phoebe Boyle, a junior at Notre Dame Academy

Molly Bucher, a junior at Highlands High School

Madison Duvall, a sophomore at Owen County High School

Megan Farney, a junior at Highlands High School

David Herfel, a junior at Highlands High School

Kate Joyce, a junior at Notre Dame High School

Molly Kleier, a junior at Notre Dame Academy

Lizzy Roeding, a junior at Highlands High School

Briana Seibert, a junior at Notre Dame Academy

Shabnam Tursunova, a junior at Randy Cooper High School

To view the complete list of 2019 winners, click here.

About the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs: Established in 2013, GSE, focuses on exposing teens to entrepreneurship allows them to see the world differently.   The GSE is a partner program with the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Governor’s Scholars Program. More than 350 student entrepreneurs have received scholarship funding through the program. To learn more about GSE, visit

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit