Texas Tech University

Innovation Hub, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Offer Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Texas Tech University Innovation Hub at Research Park has been named the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce's business of the month just in time for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a collaborative effort between the two.

YEA! is a 30-week entrepreneurial boot camp to inspire 11- to 18-year-olds to be entrepreneurs. It kicks off with orientation from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 18) at the Innovation Hub, 3911 4th St. The classes will last three hours every Tuesday after school until the May 23 graduation ceremony.

"The Innovation Hub is an exciting place for entrepreneurs of all ages with ideas for business startups," said Kimberly Gramm, managing director of the Innovation Hub. "Texas Tech University is thrilled to be recognized for its work and looks forward to celebrating with the Chamber and the community when our entrepreneurs succeed."

"Participants will begin as students and progress through the program, finishing as the CEOs of their own companies," said Amy Marquez, community development director for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. "They will do things all businesses do, including filing taxes, opening a checking account and pitching an idea to a panel of investors to receive funding. Before graduating, participants will do a trade show at the South Plains Mall to show off their products."

Call (806) 761-7002 for more information.