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Cayuga, Finger Lakes colleges to offer Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Cayuga, Finger Lakes colleges to offer Young Entrepreneurs Academy

CEO Roundtable

Alexander Church and Johnny Smith demonstrate their EZ-Carries product during the Cayuga Community College's Young Entrepreneurs Academy program's CEO Roundtable in 2020.

Cayuga Community College is partnering with Finger Lakes Community College to offer the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA! to area students in grades 6-12 beginning in October.

The 20-week program takes students through the steps of researching, funding and launching a business or nonprofit, as well as pitching it to investors. Students do not need to have an idea for their business or nonprofit at the time of enrollment, and can work independently or with a partner.

“YEA! is a supportive program with a track record of helping students launch successful enterprises while also strengthening the educational, business and leadership skills that will help students succeed in their future endeavors,” program manager LaToya Collins said in a news release. “Our information sessions will outline how the program supports students, challenges them, and the benefits it offers in the short- and long-term.”

YEA! classes will take place in-person and online from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays except for holidays and school vacations.

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 class is Sept. 30. An interview, school transcript, essay and letter of recommendation are required in order to be accepted to the program. Locate Finger Lakes is funding full scholarships for accepted students.

To apply, visit To waive the application fee, use the code "YEA20."

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