When young people bring their ideas to us, they really mean business.
Imagination. Middle and high school students have virtually unlimited amounts of it… and a remarkable aptitude for using it to generate entrepreneurial ideas. That’s why, the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our fourth year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). YEA! helps middle and high school students take their entrepreneurial skills to a new level in a 25-week academic program that gives students a project-based, hands-on, experiential education. Call or email us today to learn more about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy! Enrollment is limited.
Transform Ideas, Create Value, Be Entrepreneurial!
Building our Next Generation of Entrepreneurs 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 Ahwatukee and the Greater Phoenix East Valley communities to develop the entrepreneurial mindset in middle and high school students and guide them through the process of starting and running their own, REAL businesses. YEA! Ahwatukee and Greater Phoenix East Valley 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 30-week 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 have 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:
Develop hands-on entrepreneurial experience to launch their own business or social movement
Connect with local entrepreneurs
Pitch to a panel of investors for startup funding
Gain confidence in their ideas, abilities and presentation skills
Get Involved 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.
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.
We Thank Our Local Supporters!
Welcoming new Sponsors daily...
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact YEA! Program Director Becky Hinds 480-753-7676 | yeaAhwatukee@gmail.com Facebook.com/yeaAhwatukee SnapChat: yeaAhwatukee www.yeausa.org
1345 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 207 Phoenix, AZ 85048 Phone: (480) 753-7676