Young Entrepreneurs Academy


The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a class offered annually which provides middle and high school students opportunities to develop and grow into successful entrepreneurs. Student entrepreneurs are led through the program and taught how to develop new business ideas, research competition and market, pitch to potential investors, and run day-to-day business operations.

With support from the Kaufmann Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester and now serves thousands of students across the country. The United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became national sponsors of the Academy in 2011 and continue to support the expansion of entrepreneurism and leadership ideologies.

YEA! fulfilling their mission to “[teach] more students how to make a job, not just take a job,” is continuing to expand across the United States and abroad, and has had outstanding graduation and career success rates within its membership.

Here’s a two-minute video clip published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

Find current locations of YEA! in the map provided below:

For more information on classes, or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at their website, or directly at (585) 272-3535.

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