2016-17 YEA! Applications Open Now


Do you know a middle or high school student, age 12-18, who is interested in starting their own business? We can help make it a reality! We’re here to help them get their ideas off the ground and into motion.The Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA! is now welcoming applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. After you apply, your form will be reviewed and an interview will be set up. YEA! grants admission to a maximum of twenty four students annually. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted until the class is filled!  For more information please visit www.bocachamber.com, or call the Program Manager Jenna Reed, at (561) 395-4433 ext. 232.


About YEA!

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a nine month program that walks students in grades 6-12 through the process of starting their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding and actually launch their own business! All of the learning is real and experiential. Students leave the class as business owners, complete with their very own DBA! YEA! is held at Saint Andrews School every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. beginning in September 2016 and ending in May, 2017. This academic year will mark the 6th consecutive year of the Academy at the Boca Chamber. YEA! can now be found in over 100 locations across the United States! Again, for more information call (561) 395-4433 ext. 232 or visit www.bocachamber.com.

This Could Be You!

Rachel Zietz started her business, Gladiator Lacrosse at 13 after attending The Boca Raton Young Entrepreneurs Academy, where she raised $2,700. Her company now has annual revenues of over $1 million.  Rachel was the first YEA! program graduate to appear on “Shark Tank” in May 2016.