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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)


Platinum Sponsor: Saint Andrews School


Application for the 2021-2022 Class is OPEN

Student Criteria for the YEA! Program
The Boca Chamber Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is for all 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 YEA! should be responsible individuals who pursue goals with tenacity. 

  • Prior experience in business is not required.
  • The YEA! academic year begins the last week of September and ends in March. Classes meet IN-PERSON at Saint Andrews School located off Jog Road on Wednesday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Space is limited due to COVID restrictions, so apply now! 
  • 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 $795 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.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into entrepreneurs. 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. Through the nine-month long curriculum, students in grades 6-12 work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop life skills, generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, and launch their very own companies. The program culminates with a shark tank style event as students pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and ask for funds to support their business venture.

Do you know someone who would like to join our YEA! class?
Are you interested in becoming a business mentor or learning more about sponsorship opportunities? 
For more information please call 561-395-4433 ext. 232

YEA! Graduation

Success stories from YEA! students across the USA:

  • Gladiator Lacrosse – Rachel Zietz realized the need for quality, affordable lacross equipment and started her online company selling just that!  Now, kids everywhere can find high-quality lacrosse equipment at an affordable price. Rachel has generated over $2 Million in sales and has been featured in Teen Boss Magazine. She also appeared on ABC's award-winning TV show 'Shark Tank.' 
    Rachel is a proud YEA! Boca Chamber graduate.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.