Middle School student Lauren R. is the winner of regional entrepreneurship competition Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) and was named a Saunders Scholars National Semi-Finalist Winner. As the regional winner, she will be flown to Rochester, NY next month to compete with students from all over the country to earn significant college scholarship awards. In conjunction with corporate sponsors such as Southwest Airlines, Young Entrepreneurs Academy is kicking off a national media campaign with the semi-finalists to promote this competition for America’s Top Young Entrepreneur.


At the regional competition, Lauren presented before a panel of investors and earned $1,000 in seed money to launch her venture. She first began thinking of an idea for YEA! when she read about the program in 4th grade. However, the year-long program, which helps guide students to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies, is only open to students in grades 6-12. Lauren entered the first chance she could!


The product Lauren developed is an app for people with food allergies. She and her sister both have food allergies and her app allows users to search for foods that are safe, rather than sort through individual foods for ingredients.


To learn more about the program, click here.

Congratulations, Lauren!