Inspiring and empowering Baton Rouge's future business leaders
Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge (YEA BR) transforms area high school students into confident entrepreneurs. Over the 30-week program and under the instruction of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, select students generate business ideas, write business plans, pitch to an investor panel, and actually launch their very own companies. YEA BR combines a proven national curriculum with the experiences of Baton Rouge business leaders, educators, community members, and entrepreneurs.
The Academy welcomes students from the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
YEA BR is made possible through partnerships with:
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU Innovation Park
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Our mission is to unlock the potential of young, aspiring entrepreneurs. The Academy delivers an experience-based entrepreneurship program that:
Enables students to transform ideas into enterprises, creating both economic and social value
Creates a culture of innovation throughout the Baton Rouge Area
Fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in young members of our community
The Academy has a direct impact on the entire Baton Rouge community. The opportunity for local business leaders to pay it forward creates a culture that values investing in our students and our community's future. While students learn to develop and run an enterprise, the local economy enjoys future benefits.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge is a chapter of the national YEA program which was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation. Thousands of students in 168 communities across the country have graduated from the Academy.
In 2011, the Campaign for Free Enterprise of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became a national sponsor and partner of YEA to help celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship among today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.