Building our next generation of leaders with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We’re pleased to offer this inspirational program for aspiring entrepreneurs in our community. Applications for the 2018-19 program year is closed. Interested students may apply for the 2019-20 program year in the Summer 2019.
About the Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.
Celebrating the Spirit of Enterprise and Innovation
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 Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce YEA! to our community with its class for the 2018-19 academic year.
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:
YEA! classes meet October through May, for three hours weekly. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses.
[July 31, 2018] Early Admissions Application Deadline
[Sept 15th, 2018] Final Application Deadline
[October 2018] Admitted Student & Parent Orientation
[October 2018] Weekly Classes Begin
[April 2019] YEA! Investor Panel
[April 2019] YEA! Trade Show
[May 2019] Regional Competition (if selected)
[May 2019] National Competition (if selected)
[May 2019] Graduation
Student Selection Process
YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6 -8 who are between 11 and 14 years old. Palatine Chamber of Commerce partners with Community Consolidated School District 15, to facilitate the YEA! program. 7th and 8th grade students are the focus. Students interested in starting their own, real business may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcript 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! Students ages 11 to 18 and in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to apply. This program offers students the chance to:
Still interested in learning more? Students, fill out our YEA! Student Interest Form to hear from your local Program Manager!
Ready to apply? Apply now
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.
If you are interested in getting involved with YEA! and being inspired by your community’s great young minds, contact Steven Gaus at (847) 359-7200 or email email@example.com
A big thank you to our sponsors, who have helped bring YEA! to the Palatine Community, including:
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.
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For more information, call (847) 359-7200 or e-mail Steven Gaus at firstname.lastname@example.org