Hunt Middle School

Hunt Seventh Grader Wins YEA! Investor Panel

Apr 21, 2015

Hunt Middle School student Shea Walk, creator of the company “Chic La Shea,” is the winner of the annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel event held at the Frisco ISD Administration Building on Wednesday, April 15.

Each year, a group of local investors hears presentations by student entrepreneurs to decide the winner who will represent the YEA! program at the regional competition and to grant investment funds to the students taking part in the program, based on their presentation, business viability and funding request.

The YEA! program is a nine-month program that guides students in grades six through 12 through the process of starting a real business, including business plan development, pitching to an investor panel, obtaining funding and launching their business. The end result of the YEA! Program, unlike other simulation models, is a fully formed and functioning business, which is carried on by students after graduation. Students are taught to recognize the power of their ideas, and develop the skills necessary to turn those ideas into meaningful enterprises. All of the learning at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy is real, experiential and fun.

The investment panel event and the YEA! program is sponsored by Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco Economic Development Corporation and Frisco ISD.  

Peter Burns, spokesman for YEA! and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, said Walk’s business idea was excellent and grew out of a hobby.

“Her business idea is to create unique covers for binders and notebooks. She is a solid student and really deserves to represent us in the regional competition in Phoenix next month. We are very proud of all the students and what they have accomplished over the past 22 weeks,” he said.

Clothing items, such as runner-up Logan Tighe’s beach-themed T-shirt company, was a popular business start-up among students. Other ideas include skin care products for males, mobile apps, gaming websites, baked goods and more.

Both Walk and Tighe received more than $1,000 to pursue their businesses.  Other students also received funding to assist them in continuing their ideas, as well as offers of mentoring and advice.

This year’s investment panel included:  Donald Braun, president of Hall Financial Group;  Dianna Manuel, principal of the FISD Career and Technical Education Center;  Truman Greene, vice president of corporate services for Conversant Intellectual Property Management;  Tony Felker, president and CEO, Frisco Chamber of Commerce;  John Kendall, internet marketing expert, Osky Blue;  and Kerri Lewis, Sam’s Club.