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The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to bring the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to Bellevue. YEA! teaches students in grades 6-12 how to start and run their own REAL businesses. Through the year-long program students generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. With exciting guest lecturers from local businesses to dynamic field trips to local companies, students learn how to develop and run an enterprise in a fun, projects-based approach.

YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. YEA! has graduated almost 600 students over the past 7 years, who have started almost 450 business and social movements. Kids start as students, and graduate as CEOs! Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more!

By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job – not just take a job! YEA!’s™ direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement by supporting Bellevue's YEA! program on November 28th. Give back to the community by investing in Bellevue's future- donate here.

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