2016 Young Entreprenuer Academy Participants

Chamber members and the members of the public are invited to attend the Investor Panel Presentations of this year’s budding CEOs on Tuesday, April 4th, 6:00 PM at the Marriott Courtyard. For the first time these middle and high school students will be publicly pitching their companies to a panel of investors composed of this year’s program sponsors. Up to $7,000 will be available to provide seed funding for the startup companies. In addition, one of the students will be selected as the Saunders Scholar and will compete regionally for up to $50,000 in scholarship funding. This year that regional competition will take place in Rochester, NY in May.

There is no cost to attend this event and we urge the public to show their support for fostering free enterprise in today’s youth by attending the Investor Panel and cheering on the community’s youngest business owners. This is also an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students interested in applying for the program in the future to view what YEA! has provided the current class in terms of tools and skills.

Applications for the next Young Entrepreneurs Academy, slated to start in September will be available at the event, but those wishing more information can also go to the Chamber page, www.gjchamber.org.

We want to especially thank our sponsors: City of Grand Junction, Home Loan, Mesa County Workforce Center, Capco, Mesa County Business Education Foundation, US Bank, Chick-fil-A, Alpine Bank, Bank of Colorado, Community Banks of Colorado, JGMS, School District 51, OBJ Group, StarTek, and VanWinkle Enterprises.

Click here to download full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce March 2017 Newsletter.

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