Twelve area students have been hard at work starting their own businesses during the pandemic!


Join us to watch and support our 2021 class of young entrepreneurs present “Shark Tank-style” to real investors… to be awarded REAL START-UP MONEY! The businesses range from crocheted items, jewelry and a calendar with custom illustrations to drone/phone repair, a non-profit matching kids in need with dog owners and their dogs and a talented artist who is customizing sneakers. Students range from 12-18 years old (7th-12th grade) and represent Utica, Rome and New Hartford schools.


Wednesday, March 31, 2020

5:00pm on Zoom

ID: 845 6143 8758

Password: YEA2021


Program Partners for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy include: M&T Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, Berkshire Bank, First Source Federal Credit Union, The Observer-Dispatch, WUTR and The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.


The Chamber’s new executive director Kari Puleo will be a judge for the event the year. One student at the Investor Panel will be awarded a Chamber membership and another will be a guest on the Chamber’s podcast. The Chamber has been a valued partner for all nine years of the YEA program.


About YEA:

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. YEA is now in 168 communities across America and has been in the Utica area with Mohawk Valley Community College for nine years.


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