The YEA! students are students ages 11 to 18 and are taught by local entrepreneurs and are introduced to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs, and business mentors. During the course of the program, students have created their own business plan, pitched their business plan, and now they will unveil their business at a trade show. This…

Last month, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy student/CEOs met with an investor panel in a “shark tank” like experience to pitch their ideas and ask for seed capital. Eight students were awarded a cumulative total of $7500 to start their enterprises. The students/CEOs will now launch their businesses and participate in a trade show on May…

With several business idea brainstorming classes under their belts, these students are well on their way to launching their own enterprises. Soon, they will be turning their ideas into a business plan, pitching that business plan to a panel of investors, and debuting those businesses at a Trade Show! When these students graduate in May,…

Close to 80 businesses have been launched over the past 8 years through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!) takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of…

  At the 2021 YEA! Investor Panel held on March 17th, Meilyn Recker, CEO of Rezcue was named the 2021 Grand Junction Area Chamber’s Saunders’s Scholar. Meilyn will be competing in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Semi-Final Virtual Competition, tentatively scheduled for June 12th, for the chance to win up to $30,000 in college scholarships…

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) turns students, as young as 11, into the CEOs of their very own businesses, developing the skills necessary to be successful members of the future workforce. Throughout the program students are encouraged to think critically and come up with creative solutions to problems, skills that are essential for entrepreneurs and…

Last month, the 2021 Class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a Grand Junction Chamber program that serves as the catalytic spark for students as young as 11 to become entrepreneurs and champion their own professional development, welcomed their business mentors to class! Though business mentor involvement looks a little different this year, with mentors having…

In just seven short months, this newest group of 12 young entrepreneurs, ranging in age from 11-18 years old, will be launching their own businesses. With several business idea brainstorming classes under their belts, these students are well on their way to launching their own enterprises. Soon, they will be turning their ideas into a…

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