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The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting 28-week after-school class that transforms Phoenix high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce® Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.
The Phoenix YEA! Program is championed by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and continues to expand each year - creating a highly successful, educated next generation of business and community leaders!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is not only a wonderful tool to teach students about business, but also a great way to build confident leaders with values. An excellent instrument to unify the business and educational communities, YEA! continues to expand across the country to fulfill our mission of teaching more students how to create and launch a business, not just take a job.
Develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:
Closed September 29, 2018
Scheduled through October 3rd
Selection of 2018/2019 Class
October 5, 2018
New Student Orientation will be on October 8th and Classes begin October 15, 2018!
Applications for the 2018/2019 class were accepted through September 29, 2018. Interviews will be held through October 3rd with final selection of students completed by October 5th. Classes start October 15th.
Get you name on the interview list for next year early - apply today!
"After starting my business in YEA!, I feel like I am ready to really follow my dreams and know how to make a plan to get it done!"
- K. McCauley, YEA Graduate 2014
"The sense of accomplishment I felt after completing the investor panel was even more than I expected!"
- J. Fernandez, YEA Graduate 2015
"YEA taught me how to put my ideas into action. The network of mentors and business leaders I have now are amazing!"
- A. Enright, YEA Graduate 2016
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YEA! Phoenix is a cutting edge entrepreneurial start up program for High School students in Phoenix, AZ. We are championed by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and proud to be serving the youth in our community for a bright, successful future as educated, motivated, community leaders and business owners.
We are part of the national YEA network with over 100 locations across the United States!