Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) 2016

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Name: Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) 2016
Date: July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses.  YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.  The Lima Area Chamber Foundation and Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is excited to be introducing YEA! to the Lima/Allen Community! 

YEA! guides high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. As of 2013, YEA! has graduated 1,394 students who have started over 1,000 businesses and social movements!  YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies!

Over the course of the program, students:
•    Brainstorm business ideas 
•    Write a business plan 
•    Interact with business professionals
•    Pitch their business plan to potential “investors” (think ABC’s “Shark Tank”!)
•    Obtain funding 
•    Legally register their businesses
•    Participate in a Trade Show
•    Actually launch their own businesses or social movements 


How Business Professionals Can Get Involved

Through their interactions with business professionals during the year, YEA! students gain some of the most important knowledge and experience they need to succeed. Local professionals volunteer their time and expertise as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and much more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and participants often report getting even more out of their participation than they put in to it!

If you are interested in becoming involved with YEA! as a guest speaker, field trip host, or volunteer, contact Nicole Scott at 419-222-6045 or email

A big thank you to our founding sponsors, who have helped bring YEA! to Lima/Allen County.

For more information, call 419-222-6045
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Local Champion

Transportation Sponsor


13000 Student Commons Building Room 13101
Lima OH 45805
Date/Time Information:
Academy Starts  October 25, 2016 - May 15, 2017,, 30 weeks.
Every Tuesday 4-7 pm at UNOH Student Commons Building

Students ages 11-18 (going into grades 6-12)

Applications still being accepted!  Submit applications asap!  
Contact Information:
Nicole Scott
To apply for YEA!, students must:
•    Fill out the YEA! application 
•    Complete the essay and the short answer questions 
•    Submit their transcripts or last report card 
•    Submit a letter of recommendation 

Once the completed application packet is received, students will be asked to come in for an interview. Acceptance in the program is based on all aspects of an application, as well as the personal interview.
Prior experience with business is not required!

Annual tuition of $399.00, application fee will be deducted from total.
Payment plans are available, must request this option.  First payment due before first class.

Scholarships and payment plans available!  All students are encouraged to complete a scholarship application.

Scholarship Application

Applications due September 30, 2016!  Only 24 seats available!  Apply today!
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