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The Appalachian Regional Commission is accepting applications for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This program is a free immersive learning experience specifically for rising seniors from the Region and includes room and board, transportation, activity fees, and student stipends.  The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 6-31, 2020, will support youth entrepreneurship and innovation across Appalachia.

This new residential program, designed specifically for high school students enrolled in their senior year during the 2020-2021 school year, includes a curriculum focusing on mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and businesses in the Pittsburgh area, skill building, access to soft and hardware maker spaces, and connections to the ARC’s larger regional network. Throughout AEA, students will develop their own ideas and innovations in a team format and pitch their final ideas to their peers, business leaders, and investors for a chance to win seed funding.

As part of AEA, all expenses associated with participation, including room and board and transportation are covered. Students enrolled in AEA will also receive $600 stipend during the tenure of the program. This is the inaugural year for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy which is sponsored by ARC and is made possible by the Institute for Educational Leadership. More information and application materials for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy are available at www.arc.gov/aea.   Applications for AEA are due March 6, 2020.


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