Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a year-long program allows middle and high school students to turn their ideas into entrepreneurship. Following the national curriculum, participating students develop a business from concept to launch – even receiving funding from a panel of investors.

The national program, based in Rochester, N.Y., has graduated more than 4,000 students who launched over 3,000 businesses or social movements.

Why Apply?

YEA! graduates finish the program with:

  • The skills necessary to launch their own business or social movement
  • Working knowledge of business operations
  • Connections to area entrepreneurs
  • Confidence in their ideas and abilities

2017-18 Application

Enrollment for the 2017-18 class is closed. For more information on the program or to submit an application for the 2018-19 class, contact Program Development Manager, Megan Wright, at (865) 246-2658 or

About the Program

YEA! meets October – April on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. There are no classes on regular school holidays. Classes are typically held at the Haslam College of Business on the University of Tennessee campus, except for scheduled field trips or special events.

Three special events occur during the year: Investor Panel, Tradeshow, and the Graduation Ceremony. Semester schedules and class locations are shared with students in advance.

Get Involved

Share your business wisdom with aspiring young entrepreneurs! Area business experts are needed to volunteers as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers and more!

Interested in investing in the future leaders of Knoxville’s business community? Contact Megan Wright, program development coordinator, via e-mail or at (865) 246-2658.

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