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Senior James Boudet Awarded Seed Money for Business at YEA

This week, Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge hosted our annual Community Pitch, a Shark Tank-like pitch event for students participating in the Academy this year. YEA hosted more than 250 people at LSU's Patrick F. Taylor Hall including special guests Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, LSU Vice President Mark Bieger, and LSU College of Business Dean Jared Llorens (CHS Class of 1993.) Since September, students have developed their brands, business plans, and presentations. At the event, they had three minutes to pitch their startups to a panel of six local executives for seed funding. Attendees witnessed firsthand the transformation of students into CEOs! We are thrilled to announce that Senior James Boudet was awarded $4,500 in seed funding to launch his startup Washed Pressure Washing. James has been running a full-service pressure washing business for the past three years and has served more than 100 clients in the Baton Rouge area. James believes the three most important elements to separate himself from the competition is outstanding customer service, dependability and quality of his product. 
You can watch the presentation at the link below.

YEA BR prepares students for more than just entrepreneurship. The program develops confident, creative leaders. YEA is looking for its next cohort of student CEOs. Any interested students who will be in grades 8-12 next fall, please head to the Academy at or encourage them to apply at