YEA! Students receive funding from local investors

YEA! Students receive funding from local investors
(L-R) Christine Allen, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance; Kevin Bash, CEO Kevin Michael Jewelry; Eddie McBride, Lubbock Chamber President/CEO

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students were awarded start-up funding to launch their businesses after pitching to a panel of local investors yesterday. The investors awarded a total of $10,000 in start-up funds to 14 businesses based on the merit of the idea, the overall pitch and the potential for success.

Kevin Bash, the 14-year-old CEO of Kevin Michael Jewelry, was selected as the YEA! Saunders Scholars semifinalist and will advance to the regional competition to compete against YEA! students from around the country for the opportunity to win college scholarships and business start-up prize packages.

Bash attends Southcrest Christian School and his company specializes in custom designed earrings. The lightweight and biodegradable earrings are made of Polylactic Acid Filament (PLA) and produced on a 3D printer.

To learn more about the YEA! program presented by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and to apply for the 2018-2019 class, visit or call the Lubbock Chamber at (806) 761-7000.

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