Calling All Young Business Leaders

By Kelly McCarthy

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Area high schools are preparing their students to change the world, one idea at a time.

An up and coming scholastic challenge is expanding its search for the next winning idea.

The Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge seeks students with new and innovative ideas through a competition.

11 high schools are taking part in the challenge that pairs mentors with students to come up with a fresh new business idea.

"This is an opportunity for students who may be entrepreneurs in the future or entrepreneurship to actually show their skills, learn how to compete in the board room or the school of management versus the football field or the athletic field," said Co-founder Dan Bobcock.

The high school winner gets a scholarship to launch the business idea or help pay for college.

The kick-off event aims to align participating high schools and coordinators with ways to help students that are interested.

And this year they're opening up the registration to all students, not just those in business classes.

"So if you're a math major, or you're involved in the sciences or arts, and you're not seeing this program as part of your curriculum, you can sign up in Greater Binghamton and compete in may against the rest of the teams that are taking this as part of their curriculum," said Babcock.

This will be the third scholastic challenge since founded in 2010.

"I believe in our community. But I also think that it needs new ideas or freshness," said Babcock.

To sign up for the challenge to to find out more information, click here.