The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is excited to be accepting applications for the 2016-2017 class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking class that transforms middle and high school students into real entrepreneurs. The class (comprised of students aged 11-18) meets from 4-7 pm one day a week from November through May. Classes are held at our University Partner Marymount University. Through the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies.
Further information can be found on the Arlington Chamber YEA! webpage here. Come to this session ready to meet Program Manager Alex Held who will talk about the program and answer questions for prospective students and their parents. Pre-registration for the session is encouraged.
To apply for YEA!, students must:
Fill out the YEA! Online Application*
Complete the essay and the short answer questions
Submit their transcripts
Submit a letter of recommendation
Once the completed application packet is received, students will be asked to come in for an interview. Acceptance in the program is based on all aspects of an application, as well as the personal interview. Prior experience with business is not required! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of September 30, 2016.
*Application fee waived if received by August 1.
Students do not need to be enrolled in Arlington Public Schools or live in Arlington to be considered for the program.
If you know a student who may be a good fit for YEA! nominate them by filling out the Student Nomination Form.
Key Program Dates:
February 2017 – CEO Roundtable
March 2017 – Investor Panel: The YEA! students will have six minutes to pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community, during the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel Event (think Shark Tank meets The Apprentice meets American Idol). Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from different companies will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement.
April 2017 – Trade Show hosted by the Ballston BID: The YEA! Arlington students will reveal their new start-up businesses to the public at the YEA! Trade Show. The presentation is a culmination of months of hard work, resulting in the graduates owning and operating their own businesses. The Trade Show is free and open to the public!
May 2017 – Graduation
Have questions leading up to the information session? Just want to get to know the program? Contact Program Manager Alex Held at [email protected]
The Chamber office is located 0.2 miles from the Courthouse Metro Station (Orange & Silver lines). Two hour metered street parking is available in front of the Chamber office and is free after 6:00 pm. There is also four hour metered parking in the ground lot at 14th Street & Taft Street with rates of $4 (1 hour), $6 (2 hours), and $8 (until closing).