The Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs congratulates the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Philadelphia Class of 2016. These 16 middle and high school kids began the program in November 2015 as students and graduated as CEOs of their own companies.
Jared Breakiron– Wayne, Radnor High School, grade 10
Alice Bu– Haverford, The Baldwin School, grade 10
Alexis Capers– Blue Bell, Agnes Irwin School, grade 11
Cal Hanson– Radnor, Radnor High School, grade 11
Anya Jayanthi– Bryn Mawr, Welsh Valley Middle School, grade 7
Alissa Liu– Ardmore, The Baldwin School, grade 9
Tobey Mandel– Bryn Mawr, Radnor High School, grade 11
Matt Mignucci– Villanova, The Shipley School, grade 8
Elijah Neal– Drexel Hill, Upper Darby High School, grade 9
Malachi Neal– Drexel Hill, Drexel Hill Middle School, grade 8
Jose Luis Policarpio– Havertown, Haverford Middle School, grade 6
Emily Scott– Media, University Scholars Program at PALCS, grade 6
Brooklyn Stanback– Philadelphia, Amy Northwest Middle School, grade 8
Varun Sundar– Aston, Garnet Valley Middle School, grade 8
Michaela Swartz– Media, Rose Tree, grade 5
Stela Tong– Havertown, The Shipley School, grade 10
YEA! Philadelphia would not be possible without the support of our community. Help us to continue to transform local students into real business owners and true entrepreneurial success stories.
As you know, back in May, local young entrepreneur, Shreyas Parab, CEO of NovelTies was selected as a national finalist by the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. All of the finalists were invited to our national sponsor’s Sam’s Club/Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Shreyas being Shreyas, enthralled the executives there and they wrote a blog post on him and his business that was posted yesterday. http://blog.walmart.com/community/20151005/sams-club-says-yea-to-novel-ideas They announced in their post, that Shreyas and NovelTies will be featured in the Sam’s Club Showcase store soon.
We are so grateful for all of your help and financial support for the Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs’ Young Entrepreneurs Academy. You are the reason we are having an influence the future.
If you could follow us on Twitter @YEAphiladelphia and re-tweet this local success story you helped nurture that would be terrific.
—Ellen Fisher, Executive Director, YEA! Philadelphia
Good afternoon, small business advocates,
We want to share the story of an amazing young entrepreneur, Shreyas Parab, the 14-year old CEO of NovelTie, as featured on Walmart Today – Click here for the story. Sam’s Club is so proud to support business owners and entrepreneurs of every age, including the 4,000+ students ages 11 to 18 year old students that participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program.
Please read to be inspired and share with friends and colleagues. (@yeausa)
Shreyas Parab, our Philadelphia Saunders Semi-Finalist and CEO of NovelTie writes:
I would like to thank all of you for your congratulations and well wishes.
I don’t think Mrs. Fisher did enough justice [at the YEA! 2015 Investor Panel Competition] by saying that I “attribute my success to my participation in YEA.”
Today, I was able to give an elevator pitch, answer questions from judges about business plans, communicate effectively, and network beyond belief. These are all things I learned solely from YEA. I can confidently say that before YEA, I would not be able to do such things. My partner and I were able to win a hefty amount, but more importantly, we got to meet teen entrepreneurs from around the world and interact with professionals in various fields. They repeatedly told me that for being such a young kid (most of them were 17 and older), I had skills and traits that they found admirable. They asked me where I got it from and consistently the answer was YEA.
I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and guidance. “You make a difference” is the only sentence that can most effectively convey my sentiments. Whether you know it or not, today, you helped me do something I thought impossible.
Sam’s Club is sponsoring Teen CEO Education! Click here, or on the image below to watch a brief video that features our own local 2015 Winner, Shreyas Parab! (please scroll to the bottom of the page to play the video!)