Start as a Student. Graduate as a CEO.

Students launch their own, real businesses in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The fun, hands- on program meets weekly after school and helps go-getters ages 11-18 years old and in grades 6–12 identify their passions, transform their ideas into fully formed businesses or social movements, and develop lifelong leadership skills. Connect with local, legendary entrepreneurs, pitch to investors for startup funding, and compete for college scholarships.

YEA! Events

Click Here to Register for the Rochester Young Entrepreneurs Academy CEO Roundtable Event

Click Here to Register for the Rochester Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Event

Click Here to Register for Downtown Rochester's Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Event

YEA! Event Calendar

Congratulations to the Rochester Area Students Accepted to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy!

YEA! University of Rochester Class of 2016

  • Lynden Bell, Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton Central School
  • Jacyn Burch, Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton Central School
  • Spencer Cutt, Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton Central School
  • Anja Field, Calkins Road Middle School, Pittsford Central School District
  • Madeline Funchess, The Norman Howard School
  • Gage Gardinier, McQuaid Jesuit
  • Jarmel Glass, Johanna Perrin Middle School, Fairport Central School District
  • Spencer Koehl, School of the Arts, Rochester City School District
  • Amber Lai, Charles H. Roth Middle School, Rush Henrietta Central School District
  • Jonathan Lai, Rush-Henrietta Sperry HS, Rush Henrietta Central School District
  • Tim Lupien, McQuaid Jesuit
  • Natalie Maliakkal, Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford Central School District
  • Lilly Marcus, Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton Central School
  • Michelle Nesbitt, Brockport High School, Brockport Central School District
  • Ayesha Patel, Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton Central School
  • Michael Peters, Greece Athena High School , Greece Central School District
  • Anum (Phoenix) Qureshi, The Aquinas Institute of Rochester
  • Jon Sanfratello, Churchville Chili High School, Churchville - Chili Central School District
  • Anthony Smith, The Aquinas Institute of Rochester
  • Ryan Stefkovich, McQuaid Jesuit
  • Nathan Swanson, Churchville Chili High School, Churchville-Chili Central School District
  • Anina Vancheri, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women
  • Jimmy Vazzana, McQuaid Jesuit
  • Brandon Wollke, Homeschool

YEA! Downtown Rochester Class of 2016

  • Summer Billings, Odyssey Academy, Greece School District
  • Diana Brown, Rochester Early College International High School, Rochester City School District
  • Leo Cassetta-Unrath, World of Inquiry #58, Rochester City School District
  • Tomari Catledge, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Lashon Francisco, Edison Tech P-TECH, Rochester City School District
  • Robert Jordain, Edison Tech P-TECH, Rochester City School District
  • Thomas Kelly, Ninth Grade Academy, Rush Henrietta Central School District
  • Alexander Lembke, Edison Tech P-TECH, Rochester City School District
  • Andres Nunez, World of Inquiry #58, Rochester City School District
  • Nadijah Pearson, Rochester Early College International High School, Rochester City School District
  • Charlotte Perez, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Stone Powless, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Eric Remillard, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Anthony Robinson, Rochester Early College International High School, Rochester City School District
  • Jamilah Sabree, Edison Tech P-TECH, Rochester City School District
  • Jessica Smith, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Malik Smith, World of Inquiry #58, Rochester City School District
  • Naomi Taggart, Allendale Columbia School
  • Fatumata Tarawally, School Without Walls, Rochester City School District
  • Zeruriah Tisdell, Edison Tech P-TECH, Rochester City School District

Thank You to our YEA! Big Idea Instructors!

  • Chris Martusewicz, Vice President of Finance, Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Lauren Burruto, Director of Sales, WHEC-TV

Event Calendar

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - YEA! Rochester CEO Roundtable
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - YEA! University of Rochester Investor Panel
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016 - YEA! Downtown Rochester Investor Panel
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Rochester Area YEA! Trade Show

YEA! Class Details

The University of Rochester Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Classes meet every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. (with the exception of Tuesdays during school breaks and holiday recess) at the University of Rochester River Campus beginning in October and ending in May.

The Downtown Rochester Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Headquarters Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Classes meet every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. (with the exception of Wednesdays during school breaks and holiday recess) at the BlueCross BlueShield Corporate Headquarters beginning in October and ending in May.

Application Deadline Wed., Sept. 30, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Class size is limited and the admissions process is competitive.

Contact YEA!

(585) 272-3535
yearochester@yeausa.org