2016-2017 YEA Program


About the Young Entrepreneur Academy

The Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) is the only one of its kind in New York City. Originally developed with support from the Kauffman Foundation at the University of Rochester in 2004, YEA!’s mission is to develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:

  • Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood
  • Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy
  • Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world
  • Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values
  • Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students
  • Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation
  • Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members  


2016 - 2017 YEA! Dates

10/12/2016 - Last Day Applications are Accepted
10/05/2016 - Admitted Student & Parent Orientation
10/19/2016 - Weekly Classes Begin
03/01/2017 - YEA! CEO Round Table
04/05/2017 - YEA! Investor Panel
05/05/2017 - National Competition - NATIONAL WINNER: Gabrielle Garcia CEO, Double G Products/Stench Snipers Staten Island Technical High School, Class of 2018  
05/24/2017 - YEA! Trade Show 



2016-2017 YEA! Program Supporters:

New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza

Councilwoman Debi Rose

Rotary Club of Staten Island



2016-2017 YEA! Presenting Sponsors:


2016-2017 YEA! Scholarship Sponsors:

Rab Wilkinson Foundation

Wealth and Legacy Group


2016-2017 YEA! Investor Panel Sponsors:

America’s SBDC New York

The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation

Gerald Peters Gold Mine Jewelers


New York Wheel LLC

Richmond County Savings Bank a division of the NYCB family of banks

Victory State Bank 


YEA! in the Headlines:

NY 1 News

2017 Headlines

Lisa Voyticki joined Diane King Hall at the NY1 anchor desk to talk teen CEO's from Staten Island

Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas to Staten Island Investor

Staten Island Students Learn From Business Men and Women

2016 Headlines

Students Learn Business Instead of Burgers from McDonald's Storeowner

Students Pitch Ideas in Local 'Shark Tank' Competition  

2015 Headlines

Staten Island CEOs Join Young Entrepreneur Academy

Staten Island Students Graduate Entrepreneurs Academy

2013 Headlines  

SI Chamber Of Commerce Seeks Students For New Young Entrepreneurs Academy´╗┐

Staten Island Advance

2017 Headlines

'Smelly' Staten Island teen is America's Next Top Young Entrepreneur

Staten Island Tech junior named America's Next Top Entrepreneur

Staten Island Student Named AMERICA'S Next Top Young Entrepreneur at National Competition 

2016 Headlines

Staten Island Tech senior nominated for Presidential Scholars Program


'Shark Tank' event for Staten Island high school students

Young Staten Island entreprenuer lauches record label

2015 Headlines

13 students graduate from Young Entrepreneurs Academy

SI Tech students may have the answer for managing all those passwords

Notre Dame Academy student declared winner of the YEA! 'Investor's Panel'

High School Student Turned Entrepreneur Takes Company to Regional Competition in Rochester

SI Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy to host CEO roundtable 

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Teen Ready To Test Her Prototype

Teen rapper Young Lucid brings Staten Island's underground rap scene to the main stage

2014 Headlines

Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel discusses business success for Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Hilton Garden Inn hosts Young Entrepreneur Academy students

Young Entrepreneurs Academy program seeking applications from high school students

Will Staten Island teen's invention be the next big thing?

Budding entrepreneurs compete for funding to upstart their businesses

Budding entrepreneurs appeal to 'Shark Tank'-like investors

Young entrepreneur competes in regional competition

Young Entrepreneurs treated to tales of success 

2013 Headlines

YEA! will give Staten Island students the chance to launch their own business

TD Bank sponsors program to promote young Staten Island entrepreneurs


Crain’s New York Buisness

2015 Headlines

Crain’s New York 20 Under 20 2015


Fortune - Tech 

2015 Headlines

Meet 10 budding tech stars who aren’t even 20 years old


Fox News 

2014 Headlines

Check It Out: Invention makes passwords a thing of the past



2015 Headlines

Students Build Device to Log Into Computer Accounts Using Fingerprints


Onsite Fitness 

2016 Headlines

Fly 2B Free Swim Gear pages 21 & 22  


MakerBot Innovation Center 

2016 Headlines

The MakerBot Innovation Center Helps a Young Enterprenuer 


Staten Island Parent  

2017 Headlines

"YEA" Gabrielle!


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