Building our Next Generation of Leaders with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Celebrating the Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) was Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation. YEA! has helped more than 4,000 students nationwide launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements.
The Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation is excited to bring YEA! to our community to teach middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.
Make a Job—Don’t Just Take a Job!
YEA! guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities, students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors.
Over the course of the program students will brainstorm business ideas, write a business plan, interact with business professionals, attend field trips for an behind-the-scenes look at local businesses, pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions, legally register their businesses, participate in a local YEA! Trade Show, launch and run their own business or social movement, and graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills.
YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6-12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real businesses may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcripts and letter of recommendation.
Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.
Start as a student, finish as a CEO!
This program offers students the chance to:
Share your business wisdom with aspiring young entrepreneurs and help them get started on the path to success! We’re seeking expert professionals to volunteer their time as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and you can play an important role in guiding our future leaders.
For more information, call 480-753-7676 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YEA! classes meet November through May, for three hours weekly. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses.
November: Student/Parent Orientation and Weekly Classes Begin
March: YEA! Investor Panel
April: YEA! Trade Show
May: Graduation and
Regional Competition (if selected)
June: National Competition (if selected)
A big thank you to our Sponsors, who have helped bring YEA! to the Ahwatukee area:
YEA! USA is made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. We also thank our national supporters, Sam’s Club and Southwest Airlines.