Published On: Thu, Dec 1st, 2011

Local Young Entrepreneurs Learn the Ropes of Business from Unique Boca Raton Entrepreneur

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Boca Raton, FL – Middle and high school students from the Boca Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy were hosted at 3Cinteracive on their first field trip of the program.  “I always tell people that I am a product of great mentoring, so when I was asked to host the students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, I jumped at the chance,” said John Duffy, founder and CEO of 3Cinteractive. “I was really inspired by the student’s passion and surprised by how well developed their ideas and plans are. In my opinion, entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy, and I’m really glad that the Boca Chamber makes the effort to nurture and support the business people of the future. I can’t wait to enroll my daughter Annie in the next group!”

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

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