We are pleased to provide management and instructional services for this inspirational program for aspiring entrepreneurs in our community. Apply Now!  to the GA Valdosta/Lowndes Chamber of Commerce

YEA! Class Location.


The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own businesses.


From Student To CEO

"BridgeBuilder does an excellent job of CONNECTING with students. They bring REAL-WORLD EXPOSURE to prepare students for the necessary job skills needed TO SUCCEED in life and work."


Gina T. Middle School Educator and FBLA Advisor



YEA! is a program licensed by the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce that guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities, students are taught by trained instructors and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs, and mentors. Over the course of the program, students:


  • Brainstorm business ideas

  • Write a business plan

  • Interact with business professionals

  • Attend field trips for a behind-the- scenes look at local businesses

  • Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding

  • The opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions

  • Legally register their businesses

  • Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show

  • Launch and run their own business or social movement

  • Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills



Student Selection Process


YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6-12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real businesses may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcripts and letter of recommendation.


Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.


This program offers students the chance to:


  • Develop hands-on entrepreneurial experience to launch their own business or social movement

  • Connect with local entrepreneurs

  • Pitch to a panel of investors for startup funding

  • Gain confidence in their ideas, abilities, and presentation skills





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Contact Us


For more information, call (229) 588-0866 or e-mail DeWayne Johnson at

YEA! Valdosta
2018-19 Superstar Sponsor
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PO Box 2891, Valdosta, GA 31604  |  |  (888) 247-1362