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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)




Application for 2017-2018 Class is CLOSED
Please check back in early 2018 for updates on 2018-2019 YEA! Boca Chamber application.

Student Criteria for the YEA! Program
The Boca Chamber Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is for students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated creativity, innovative ideas, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate, and a commitment to their community and family. Students who apply to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) should be responsible individuals who pursue goals with tenacity. 

  • Prior experience in business is not required.
  • The YEA! academic year begins in September and ends in May. Classes meet weekly, on Wednesday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
  • The YEA! classes are held at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. Thank you to Saint Andrew's School for being a YEA! Platinum Partner!
  • Once enrolled, all classes are mandatory. Three unexcused absences will be cause for review to determine further participation in the class.

YEA! Academic Year is $395 per student. Books and supplies are included with price of tuition.

Parties will be responsible for any remaining tuition due. Should a student need to cancel their registration, please contact YEA! for more information at (561) 395-4433. Cancellations one month prior to the start of class or later will be non-refundable. Please note: the Boca Chamber reserves the right to cancel classes in the event of unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, a full refund will be made.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

For more information contact Robert Halpern at 561-395-4433, rhalpern@bocachamber.com

2016 YEA! Graduation

Here are some businesses that YEA! students have started in the past:

  • Gladiator Lacrosse – Rachel Zietz realized the need for quality, affordable lacross equipment and started her online company selling just that!  Now, students everywhere can find high-quality lacrosse equipment at an affordable price.
  • Positive Pocket Rebecca Zerbo created Positive Pocket in 2011 in response to a bullying incident which left her feeling sad, angry, embarrassed, upset, and anxious. That night, she went on the computer, typed up some of her favorite positive sayings and included some pictures that she liked – ones that made her feel good. She printed them out, put clear tape over it so they wouldn’t rip, and placed them in her jean pocket. The next day, when she was feeling anxious or down, she discretely pulled out a card, read it to herself to remind herself that she's alright, and placed it back in her pocket.
  • Young & Fit Forever – Elishia Ortiz combined her love of dance with her desire to end childhood obesity to make her company’s first product, an exercise DVD for little kids that is now selling in 13 Wegmans Supermarkets.
  • Intel 4 India – Ani Patel was struck by the inequity of education in rural India and was inspired to create a business that sets up fluent English teachers with a webcam, fax machine and laptop so they can teach students in rural villages across the country. Over 500 students have enrolled in Intel 4 India, and Ani has even been featured in Success Magazine and Newsweek.
  • Bragg’s Fine Swine – Joe Bragg raises healthy, vaccinated, free-range pigs and sells them, along with recipes, to local butchers.
  • Brazeau Engines – Matthew Brazeau’s company makes electric skateboards.
  • Seniors to Seniors – Shryea Patel’s company offers classes for senior citizens ages sixty and over that provide new and different activities combined with a fun and interesting learning experience. Classes promote socialization, bonding, and exploration and include sessions such as art, technology lessons, book clubs, board games, and more.
  • UrLocker – Jason Shanley creates decorative covers for your school locker which not only allow students to personalize their locker, but it actually protects the locker as well. Jason won a $30,000 college scholarship in the YEA! Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan competition.

 Thank you to our YEA! Partners for your support!