Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Our Program

We build entrepreneurs, one student at a time.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy takes students 11-18 years of age through the process of brainstorming a business idea, writing a business plan, pitching your plan to investors, obtaining funding and launching a REAL business. Start as a student, and finish as the CEO of your own company!
The program runs from January - May and classes are held on Thursday nights from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Sandy Area Class

The program runs from January – May. Class is held Thursday nights from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Business Resource Building (9750 South 300 West, Sandy, UT 84070)

Salt Lake City Area Class

The program runs from January – May. Class is held Thursdays nights from 4:00pm-7:00pm and will be held at the Granite Technical Institute (2500 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115)

2016-2017 Winners

Ideas come in all forms. Check out the winners from this year, Penelope “Chef Moppy” Lorenzana and Olivia Berhan. Read the blog post about their year in YEA!

View Our Facebook Album

Follow along on our journey by viewing photos in our Facebook album.

Photo Gallery

See the photos from the Shark Tank or from our adventures as we journeyed out to businesses on our field trips.

CEO Roundtable

At the CEO Roundtable, students and parents get to network with each other and hear from power local CEO’s from around Utah. Hosted by Salt Mine Productive Work Space


Our program exists thanks to the very generous sponsors we have in our program. Click here to view the many sponsors who make this program possible here in Utah.

About Young Entrepreneurs Academy

We are focused on building entrepreneurs, one student at a time.

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.

The Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy has graduated 92 student entrepreneurs. We have produced over 60 potential new businesses. Our winners competed in the 2017 Saunders Scholars YEA! regional competition, and one of our winners was chosen as a finalist in the national competition where she was awarded second place!

Now with three years and two nationally placed winners under our belts, we are aiming to push our program to be better and stronger for the coming years.

  • YEA! Students graduate high school on time


  • YEA! Students continue their business after the program


  • student involvement in alumni activities


  • Businesses that graduate the program and continue on


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Karla Rogers

Director of Programs
Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
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Greg Summerhays

President & CEO
Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
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Ryan Tingey

Program Manager, CUSO Financial Services
America First Financial Solutions
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Spencer Harden

Business Strategy Consultant

Our Past Winners

At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to continue on in starting 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 Sandy Class Winner
Olivia Berhan won with her business Kelali and was awarded $4,000 in startup funds! She traveled to Ethiopia to get her business ventures started. Her company is a for profit philanthropic business aimed to help women in Ethiopia who have been victims of abduction marriage and other events.
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LifeThyme Tool Co.

2016-2017 Granite GTI Class Winner
Penelope “Chef Moppy” Lorenzana won the GTI Class’ Shark Tank and won $3,900 to start her business, LifeThyme Tool Co. Her business is focused on creating cooking tools for young professional chefs and for people with smaller sized hands.


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.

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