Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

ARC’s Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, prepares the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. Chosen via a competitive application process, rising high school seniors from across the Appalachian Region are selected to participate in a learning experience designed to cultivate creativity and develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success. As part of the program, AEA students receive tech support, materials, and other resources to participate. At completion, students will receive a formal Certificate of Completion.

This year, up to 26 participants will meet virtually in two phases. Phase 1, which will run from June 14-25, 2021, will provide participants with an orientation retreat that includes an introduction to curriculum components, ideation and team formation, and teambuilding. Phase 2, which will be held from July 12-30, 2021,  includes a Design Thinking workshop, mentorship and coaching, sessions with some of the Region’s entrepreneurs and thought leaders, and concludes with an elevator pitch event.

Application Materials

Applications are due Friday, April 2, 2021.

2020 AEA Class

In August 2020, 19 rising high school seniors from 9 Appalachian states participated in the virtual session of the inaugural session of the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy.
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