SALT LAKE CITY — Applications are being accepted for the Utah Technology Council’s new statewide High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. All students ages 14-18 can participate. More than $22,000 in cash and scholarship prizes are available.

The competition, which is free, is the high school equivalent of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, one of the largest collegiate competitions in the country.

Students are encouraged to be as creative as they like following four steps: identify a problem; create and prototype a solution; define a customer; and create and submit a presentation.

Online project submission will be accepted through March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Finalists will be announced April 15, and an award ceremony will be held March 14.

Online applications and more information can be found at