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CIE announces new YEPex program this academic year!

In 2016, the CIE started the Chancellor's Innovation and Entrepreneurship High School Competition in the spring. In an effort to expand this program and the week-long summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program, we decided to put together a year-long YEP experience. Our purpose is to inspire creativity and innovation to cultivate a passion for entrepreneurship among the 9th-12th graders in the southeast region.

Join us for the first meetup of 2019-2020 Monday, September 16, 4:30-6pm at the CIE!

We are excited to partner with the Brian Hamilton Foundation this academic year!

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