Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Frisco Young Entrepreneurs Academy

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Mission Statement

YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

Goals

Students learn to make a job–not just take a job!

Value

By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation.

Redefining Entrepreneurship Education

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About the Program

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students ages 11 to 18 through the process of starting and running real businesses/social movements over the course of a full academic year.

Students work in close cooperation with local industry leaders, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch to potential investors, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity, participate in a tradeshow, and much more!

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce was the first chamber of commerce in Texas to offer the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. YEA! was originally launched at the University of Rochester in 2004. With support from the Kauffman Foundation in 2008, YEA! spun off from the university level and was offered to local chambers of commerce to help bridge the gap between an area’s education and business communities. YEA! continues on a path of sustained growth, and is well on its way to making experiential entrepreneurship education available to students in each and every corner of our great country.  YEA! continues to empower each and every student across the nation to embrace their passion, live their dream, and change the world! 

For additional information, please contact Roz Righetti, Office Manager at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.

YEA! Saunders Competition

Each year, YEA! Frisco students compete locally in an “Investor Panel” competition. The winner of that event moves on to the national competition.

Saunders Competition Winners

2022 -Sajani Silla & Stephanie Gallagher 2nd Place

2021 – Rudy Arora 1st Place

2020 – Gurnoor Narula 1st Place

Applications

The application process for the 2022-2023 school year is has now closed and the class is in session!

Applications will open for the 2023-2024 school year in the Spring of 2023 and will close in August 2023.

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Roz Righetti

Office Manager
Frisco Chamber of Commerce

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