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Northeast Times | October 21, 2021

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HEB Chamber of Commerce Recognizes the Young Entrepreneurs Academy 2015 Graduating Class

HEB Chamber of Commerce Recognizes the Young Entrepreneurs Academy 2015 Graduating Class

The HEB Chamber of Commerce introduced its first Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program during the 2014-2015 school year. Graduates of the program will be recognized during a ceremony on Monday, May 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking nine-month program that guides students in junior high and high school through the process of starting a real business, including business plan development, pitching to an investor panel, obtaining funding, launching the venture, managing media campaigns, e-commerce and web development, sales events, and trade shows.

Entrepreneur guest speakers, business mentors, and visits to local companies anchor the instruction around real-world applications and experiences. At the end of the YEA! program, students have fully formed and functioning businesses, many of which students choose to carry on after graduation.
“Of any and every class and organization I’ve participated in during high school, YEA! has by far been the most informative and applicable to life,” stated Cameron Kostopoulos, 2015 YEA! graduate.The Young Entrepreneur Academy 2014-2015 graduating class includes:

Todd Anthony
Cameron Kostopoulos
Adan Mancera
Gisela Ponce
Isabela Ponce
Gabriel Townsend
Samara Wesson

One of the YEA! program graduates will take his business concept to the next level. During the YEA! Investor Panel Presentations in March, Cameron Kostopoulos was selected as a Saunders Semi-finalist. Because of his innovative production company concept, Dionysian Productions, Kostopoulos will be among 85 students from across the country to compete in the Saunders Scholars Western Regional Competition on May 15 in Scottsdale, Arizona for a chance to win college scholarships. For additional information, contact the HEB Chamber of Commerce at 817-283-1521 or chamber@heb.org.