|Young Entrepreneurs Academy|
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!