The next new thing might come from a California community college.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is encouraging students to parlay their passions into new businesses by funding seven student entrepreneurship centers and encouraging instructors from all disciplines to teach basic business skills, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee.

Currently, the Chancellor’s Office is challenging anyone 14 or older to come up with a business plan. The contest, which according to the Bee is the first of its kind, will give $5,000 each to three winners to fund their startups.

“These days, young people don’t necessarily want to work for somebody, and if they’re exposed to the world of business ownership early enough in their lifetime, they can make a choice,” Mike Roessler, the statewide director of the colleges’ Business & Entreprenuership Center Program, told the Bee.

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