Tuesday, May 9, 2017

YEA! Winners Compete at Nationals, One Named in National Scholarship Competition
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YEA! Winners Compete at Nationals, One Named in National Scholarship Competition

Last week, on Friday, May 5, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) announced the winners of its Saunders Scholars local Investor Panel competition. Six top young entrepreneurs were chosen as finalists and competed in the national competition "Shark Tank" style for up to $30,000 in college scholarships and a variety of business prize packages.

Winners are:

3rd Place: Lauren Robinson, representing the YEA! class, YEA NAWBO Chicago, won for pitching, Foodvie, a company developing an app dedicated to helping those with food allergies find the food options around them faster and for the best price.

2nd Place: Penelope Lorenzana, 6th grader and representing the YEA! class, Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Granite Class, won for pitching, LifeThyme Tools Company, a high-end cooking tool production company focused on creating products that fit chefs of all ages and sizes.

1st Place: Gabriell Garcia, CEO of Double G Products, 11th grader and representing the YEA! class, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Double G Products is the creator of the Stench Snipers- a way to beat the smell out of sports equipment.

Local YEA! students Olivia Berhan, 11th grader at Canyons School District, and Penelope Lorenzana, 6th grade, Granite School District, had the opportunity to present and network with renowned business leaders and connect with like-minded YEA! students from all over the country. 

"It is truly inspirational to watch our future leaders put their learning into action as they launch their own, real businesses and pitch their business plans to the region's top executive leaders," says Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO of YEA! "We are so proud of each and every student."

About the Saunders Scholars local Investor Panel competition:

95 of the best and brightest YEA! students, ages 11 to 18 from across the United States, had three minutes to present their business ideas and plans to a public audience and a panel of executive judges. The winners earned scholarships and mentorships from top business leaders in the country.

About YEA!:

YEA!, founded and headquartered in Rochester, New York, offers programs in over 110 communities across the United States. During the course of the YEA! program, which spans 30-weeks of an academic year, students work closely with business leaders, community leaders, and educators to guide them as they learn to transform ideas into real, tangible companies that create economic and social value.

About the The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy:

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a 501(c)3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plan, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.

"The program really is phenomenal, and our local program has created a pathway for our graduates to have space and mentoring to start and grow their companies for years to come. We really feel our program is truly a bridge between business and education, it is a program that teaches students not to just take a job, it teaching them to make a job," said Becky Guertler, Executive Director, Sandy Area Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The classes were held at SLCC Miller Campus in Sandy, UT and the Granite Technical Institute in South Salt Lake, UT. Classes will begin for the next year starting in October of 2017. Students can register by going to the website: www.sandychamberyea.com and clicking "Apply". Students must submit an application, submit the required information and interview to get into the program.


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