Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Calendar for 2017-2018 Class Year

 

YEA! classes meet October through May, for three hours weekly. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses.

 

July 2017 – Early Admissions Application Deadline (applications reviewed on a rolling-basis)
Sept.15, 2017 – Fall Application Deadline

 

Oct.3, 2017              Pizza Party/Class Kick Off
Oct.10, 2017            Cool Business Field Trip
Oct.21, 2017             Idea Generation
Oct.24, 2017            Business Plan Introduction
Nov.1, 2017              Business Plan Basics/Marketing
Nov.7,2017               Field Trip
Nov.14, 2017            Business Plan Basics/Financials

Nov.28, 2017           Marketing & Communications
Dec.5, 2017              Deep Dive into Financials
Dec.12, 2017            Legal Services for Small Business
Dec. 19,2017            Meeting with Buyers

Jan. 9, 2018             Insurance & Risk Management

Jan. 16, 2018           E-Commerce
Jan.23, 2018            Speech Card Development
Jan. 30, 2018           Niche Marketing
Feb. 6, 2018             Elevator Pitch & Contest

Feb. 13, 2018            Investor Panel Practice
Feb, 21, 2018            CEO Roundtable
Feb, 27, 2018            Mock Investor Panel Presentation
March 6, 2018           Phase 2 of Website Drafts/Edits

March 13, 2018          Investor Panel Practice
March 20, 2018         Personal Style & Presentation Field Trip
March 22, 2018         Investor Panel Presentation
March 27, 2018          Advertising Campaigns Field Trip

April 10, 2018            Business Name Registration
April 17, 2018             Designations & Awards
April 24, 2018            Trade Show Preparation
May 1, 2018                No class- Saunders Scholars National Competition Week

May 8, 2018               Social Entrepreneurship
May 15, 2018              Investor Reports
May 19, 2018              Trade Show Event
May 22, 2018              Graduation Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

Student Selection Process

 

YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6-12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real businesses may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcripts and letter of recommendation.

 

Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.

Apply

 

Start as a student, finish as a CEO! Students ages 11 to 18 and in grades six through 12 are eligible to apply. This program offers students the chance to:

  • Develop hands-on entrepreneurial experience to launch their own business or social movement
  • Connect with local entrepreneurs
  • Pitch to a panel of investors for startup funding
  • Gain confidence in their ideas, abilities and presentation skills

 

Click Here to Apply Now!

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.

 

Celebrating the Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! has helped more than 6,000 students nationwide launch over 4,000 businesses and social movements. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce YEA! to our community with its inaugural class for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

Make a Job—Don’t Just Take a Job!

YEA! guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities, students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors. Over the course of the program, students:

  • Brainstorm business ideas
  • Write a business plan
  • Interact with business professionals
  • Attend field trips for a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses
  • Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions.
  • Legally register their businesses
  • Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show
  • Launch and run their own business or social movement
  • Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills

Superstar Sponsor

A big thank you to our sponsor, who has helped bring YEA! to Valdosta.

 

YEA! USA is made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. We also thank our national supporters, Sam’s Club and Southwest Airlines.

Get Involved

 

Share your business wisdom with aspiring young entrepreneurs and help them get started on the path to success! We’re seeking expert professionals to volunteer their time as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and you can play an important role in guiding our future leaders.

 

If you are interested in getting involved with YEA! and being inspired by your community’s great young minds, contact DeWayne and Amanda Johnson at +1 (229) 588-0866 or email johnson.yea@valdostachamber.com.

Success Stories

2016 YEA! Finalists
14-Year Old Entrepreneur
2015 YEA! Finalists