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)
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!
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Follow along on our journey by viewing photos in our Facebook album.
See the photos from the Shark Tank or from our adventures as we journeyed out to businesses on our field trips.
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
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
Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce
Program Manager, CUSO Financial Services
America First Financial Solutions
Business Strategy Consultant
Our Past Winners
Straight Shot Apparel
LifeThyme Tool Co.
In May of 2017, Penelope Lorenzana, also known as Chef Moppy, (11) traveled to Rochester, NY as the semi-finalists in the Saunders Scholars Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) regional and national competitions. Chef Moppy was the top winner from her class in the Sandy Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy and won $3,900 to start her business. Since[…]
Young Women Entrepreneurs Win Thousands in Seed Money from the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Olivia Berhan (17 years old), CEO of Kelali, and Penelope Lorenzana (11 years old) CEO of LifeThyme Tool Co. were awarded over $3,000 each of seed money for their respective businesses at the 3rd Annual Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Shark Tank Investor Panel. Out of 44 students these two young exceptional women[…]
We’ve had a full year. For our latest newsletter, click here.
Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t have a program. Let’s give you a chance to get to know the businesses behind our Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We’ve had a lot of help this year and, with the prospects for the future, we are excited to grow our efforts. Our sponsors are featured in each[…]
Sean Marchant is one of our chamber ambassadors. He has taken the opportunity to mentor some of the students in our Sandy Class for our Young Entrepreneurs Academy. He has been providing valuable help to our students, which will get them prepared faster for our upcoming Investor Panel Shark Tank. His comments and thoughts on[…]
Diane Sheya, Owner of Salt Lake Culinary Center, opened her doors to our Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Granite class. Salt Lake Culinary, located at 2233 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84115, is a cooking school that offers a wide variety of classes to the home cook. Diane has been a culinary[…]
Hi everyone! We hope you are enjoying the fun as much as we are in Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Last week our students took tours of both the Leatherby’s Restaurant in Draper and the Megaplex Theatres at Valley Fair Mall. The students learned a lot about what it takes to run both places. At Leatherby’s, the[…]
These are the faces of the Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy! We are so excited about this year and the ideas that have been generated. We have 17 weeks left until the Investor Panel Shark Tank. These students are excited to see where this program takes them. We have a mix of students from[…]
Laurie Stringham has been a business owner since 1990 is an Independent Fine Art Professional trained as a professional costume designer and makeup artist and a piano technician. Laurie will be the instructor for our GTI Cohort this year. She has extensive background and experience in running her own business. She has served on several[…]