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 participate in a Pitch Competition and receive a formal Certificate of Completion.

AEA Teams Compete in Pitch Contest

12 high school students from across the Appalachian Region participated in a pitch competition as a part of the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy. The winning team – Team Refill Vibes – developed a business aimed at reducing single use plastics by making it easier to refill household cleaning liquids and personal products.