Investors Award $5,000 to Young Entrepreneurs

Danville, VA - Nine middle school and high school students from Danville and Pittsylvania County received $5,000 in funding to take the next step towards launching and running their own businesses.

The students, who are enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, presented their business plans to a panel of local investors on Wednesday evening at Averett University.

Jamiah Pridgen, a junior at Galileo Magnet High School and the founder of Treasure Chest Cosplay, was named as the Saunders Scholar and will travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to compete in the YEA Saunders Scholar Regional Competition in May.

From there, this student business will have the opportunity to compete against other student businesses from all across the southeast for a chance to compete in the YEA National Competition in Washington D.C. and a shot at a $30,000 scholarship and a spot on the hit show, "Shark Tank."