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The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an amazing nine-month program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses and social movements. Students are guided through each step of starting an enterprise, from brainstorming the idea to pitching their business plan to investors. Classroom learning is anchored by real-world applications, such as submitting DBAs to the County Clerk’s Office, opening bank accounts, filing tax returns, and earning real profits at a trade show.  The class will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons beginning in late October at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce office at 330 112th Ave NE, Suite 100 in Downtown Bellevue.   

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.

Applications are now open!

The YEA! program is a rolling application process. Students are welcome to complete and submit their applications now; we will be contacting students in late August/early September to setup interviews.

For more information on the YEA! program, click here.

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