Allison RickerYEA! Columbus, based at The Point at Otterbein, is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 class of aspiring young entreprenuers! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the 20-week program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

YEA! Mission:

Develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:

  • Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood;
  • Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy;
  • Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world;
  • Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values;
  • Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students;
  • Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation; and
  • Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members.

To learn more and apply, visit the national YEA! website, read our FAQ’s, or contact our local program director, Carly Cornell at yeaotterbein@gmail.com!  When applying, be sure to select the “OH – Otterbein The Point” location!