Ideas include a new kind of doughnut, a new brand of chewing gum and a new way to market local art.

Students in the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA) at Finger Lakes Community College will pitch their business ideas during an investor panel on Thursday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main campus auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Their ideas include a new kind of doughnut, a new brand of chewing gum and a new way to market local art. YEA is a Saturday morning program that teaches students in grades six through 12 how to start a business over the course of eight months. Students in the program live in the Victor, Marcus Whitman, Seneca Falls and Naples school districts, and some are homeschooled.

The investor panel will include representatives from the following businesses and organizations: Lyons National Bank, MRB Group, I.B.E.W. Local 840, Leonard’s Express Inc., Sessler Wrecking Inc. and Heorot Power Management.

The investor panel is an opportunity for parents, educators and the general public to see the students’ pitches and learn more about the program. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available online at flcc.edu/yea. Locate Finger Lakes will provide scholarships for all accepted students, covering the full $995 tuition.

An information table will open at 5:30 p.m.; visitors, including prospective students for next year’s program, can come early to ask questions about YEA or fill out an application.