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Students Selected for Knoxville’s 2016-17 Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Jessica Karsten
Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Knoxville Chamber is pleased to announce that it has accepted 21 talented students from the area to participate in Knoxville’s second Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). Ranging in age from 11 to 17, these students represent 13 different schools within the region.

“We’re really excited to have such a great group of students for our 2016-2017 class,” said Megan Wright, YEA! program manager. “In just 30 weeks each of the students will have transformed into real CEOs, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish throughout the course of this program.”

On Oct. 4, the students embarked on a 30-week journey through the ins and outs of owning and operating their own real businesses. Students will attend one, three-hour class a week from October through April. During this time, the students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to a panel of local investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and actually launch their own business or social movement.

The class will also experience six exciting field trips throughout the program, which include visits to a food franchise, an ad agency, and the City-County Building.

YEA! is presented by Pilot Flying J and hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation, tuition for participating students has been reduced from $395 to $160. The YEA! program is also supported by Clayton Bank and WATE-TV.

2016-17 YEA! Class

·       Connor Allen, Clayton Bradley Academy

·       Jalen Baylock, L&N Stem Academy

·       Ella Blair, Gresham Middle

·       Aidan Cantu, Farragut Middle School

·       Rylan Cantu, Farragut Middle School

·       John D. Cobb, Clayton Bradley Academy

·       Charles Davis, South Doyle High

·       Sophia Foster, West High School

·       Callie Fulghum, CAK Homeschool

·       Tejes Gaertner, West High School

·       Courtney Lam, Bearden High School

·       Lezly Monterrosas, Eagleton Middle School

·       Graylin Nocus, Homeschool

·       Sydney  Parsley, Farragut High School

·       Sanam Patel, West Valley Middle School

·       Lillian Patty, Nature's Way Montessori

·       Elena Reineri, Bearden High School

·       Sofia Tomov, Homeschool

·       Joshua Walker, West High School

·       William Walker, Bearden Middle School

·       Alexander YarKhan, L&N Stem Academy

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