Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Our Program

Embrace your Passion. Live your Dream. Change the World.

Sandy Area Class

Class is held Thursdays (starting November 3, 2016) from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Building.

GTI Class

Class is held Wednesdays (starting November 2, 2016 from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Granite Technical Institute.

Embrace your Passion

Ideas come in all forms. Bring your ideas to the class and learn how to turn your passion into a business.


A class instructor, mentors, business experts from many industries, classmates… you will receive exceptional hands-on training to prepare you to present to our investor panel. The curriculum is divided into three sections: The Big Idea, The Pitch, and The Launch.

About Young Entrepreneurs Academy

We are a non-profit organization that teaches students how to take an idea and turn it into a business.
Now in our third year, we are preparing to expand our program.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) began in 2004 at the University of Rochester, with grant support from the Kauffman Foundation. This intensive entrepreneurship training program guides middle and high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement.

In its first four years, YEA! grew beyond the college-based setting to include public high schools. In 2008, YEA! Inc. was formed for the purpose of making the program available across the country.

Three years ago, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce jumped at the chance to take on and run this program in the State of Utah. Our first two years were successful, our winner from last year went on to take third place and people's choice award at the national competition held at the US Chamber of Commerce America's Small Business Summit. This year we have expanded to add a second class and next year we hope to expand further to give more students this opportunity.

  • YEA! Students graduate high school on time


  • YEA! Students continue their business after the program


  • Student involvement in our Alumni program


  • Businesses that graduate the program and continue on


Our Past Winners

At the end of the program, students compete for real money to start their businesses.
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2014-2015 Winner
Soquet was the winning business of our very first “Shark Tank Investor Panel”.
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Straight Shot Apparel

2015-2016 Winner
Emily Guertler won with her business presentation for her company, Straight Shot Apparel. Emily went on to compete in regionals and took one of six seats (from 90 businesses) to go to the national competition. Emily won 3rd Place and People’s Choice Award at finals!
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2016-2017 Winner
This year students will get to participate in our “Shark Tank Investor Panel” at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in May 2017.
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2017-2018 Winner
Get ready to be a future winner!


When asked what they liked best about YEA!, here's what actual students has to say

Latest News

Keep up to date on what's happening with our classes this year.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you whether you want to sign up or would like to contribute by sponsoring or mentoring.