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The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs is excited to be introducing YEA! to the Greater Philadelphia Community!

YEA! guides high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. YEA! has graduated 1394 students over the past 9 years, who have started over 1000 businesses and social movements! YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies!

Over the course of the program, students:
  • Brainstorm business ideas
  • Write a business plan
  • Interact with business professionals
  • Pitch their business plan to potential “investors” (think Shark Tank meets the Apprentice meets American Idol)
  • Obtain funding
  • Legally register their businesses
  • Participate in a Trade Show
  • Actually launch their own businesses or social movements

Become a GPFWE-YEA! 100 Founding Champion

Click here to become a 100 Founding Champion!

The Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs (GPFWE) – Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Founding Champions Program will be offered to the first 100 individuals who contribute $1,000 each. This program is for individuals who wish to support YEA! in the Greater Philadelphia Region, as well as those who wish to honor an important person in their life. This program is not open to companies.

Click here to learn more.

YEA! is a leader

YEA! is a leader in establishing nationwide innovative experiential entrepreneurship programs. YEA! has been created for middle and high school students, delivering the program through colleges and high schools throughout the country in close cooperation with community and business leaders and their organizations. Please watch our video - you will be inspired! (We promise!)


Ellen Fisher, Executive Director
P: 215-628-3875

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YEA! Class with the Investor Panel

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in YEA! | Comments Off

YEA Philadephia 2014 class
THANK YOU for coming to support our Young Entrepreneurs. Our 1st Annual Investor Panel event for the Philadelphia Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) was held on March 19.

We watched with amazement as 10 kids, some as young as 11 years old, stood up and presented professional business plans to a panel of “grown up investors” in front of about 150 people in an auditorium that is large and gothic and Phantom-of-the-Opera-like (yes, its intimidating).

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Thank you to our YEA! Mentors

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in YEA! | Comments Off

Special thanks to our business and community leaders for mentoring our Young Entrepreneurs and helping them prepare for their big night, March 19th where they pitch their business ideas to real live investors.

  • Bob Scanlon, West Chester University
  • Maria Driver Lee
  • Oria O’Shay
  • Kim Carter, Disaster Planning & Recovery
  • Phyllis Horn Epstein, Esq., Epstein, Sahpiro & Epstein
  • Susan Krawitz, Sissy Carpy Communications
  • Kevin McGarvey, ALL OUT Sealcoat
  • Mary Scheetz, CCCI
  • Surera Ward, Sure Messenger Solutions
  • Michael Kandravi, 401K Rollover Store
  • Jane Munroe, As You Wish Promotions
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New program at Bryn Mawr College gives kids some business savvy

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in YEA! | Comments Off

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013

By Kevin Tustin, STAFF WRITER
Delco News Network

In our fast-paced world it can seem harder and harder to keep up and make a success of yourself.

Now a new program for middle school and high school kids offers to give them a leg up in the world of business.

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Bryn Mawr College to Host YEA! Philadelphia

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in YEA! | Comments Off

bryn_mawr_college_logoEllen Fisher, Executive Director of YEA! Philadelphia, is proud to announce that Bryn Mawr College will be hosting the YEA! Philadelphia Program for 2013-2014.

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How Business Professionals Can Get Involved

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in YEA! | Comments Off

Through their interactions with business professionals during the year, YEA! students gain some of the most important knowledge and experience they need to succeed. Local professionals volunteer their time and expertise as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and much more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and participants often report getting even more out of their participation than they put in to it!

If you are interested in becoming involved with YEA! as a guest speaker, fieldtrip host, or volunteer, contact Ellen Fisher at 215-628-3875 or email

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