ASMS students who mean business have an opportunity to start and launch their own real companies as part of a new program introduced by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!.
Throughout this exciting, projects-based program, ASMS students will have the chance to meet with local business moguls, generate real business ideas, pitch their business plans in front of investors, and launch their very own real, legal, profitable businesses. The 30-week enrichment program, lead by University of South Alabama professors, and is available only to ASMS students who may not have their million dollar idea yet, but are excited about creating their own business.
YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting year-long class that transforms ASMS students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in 168 communities across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.