Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Boca Chamber Welcomes Young Entrepreneurs Academy Students Graduating Class of 2014

Boca Raton, Fl. –The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is  an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business.  The Boca Chamber and partner FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship are excited to announce the start of the Boca Chamber YEA! Program at the FAU College of Business for the 2013-2014 school year.

YEA! is a program of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, Golden Bell.  It is a groundbreaking program that takes 24 students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of starting a launching a real business over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims at teaching students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job.

Business Partners to date for this year’s program are:  FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, FPL, NCCI, Bluegreen Vacations, First Citizens Bank, Florida Blue Foundation, SunTrust Foundation, Plastridge Insurance, Modernizing Medicine, Saint Andrew’s School, Minuteman Press Boca Raton, and SCORE.

The Boca Chamber is pleased to announce the graduating class of 2014.    The students were chosen through an application and interview process.  Congratulations to the following students.

Jack Artzi – Spanish River Community High School

Gabriela Barbieri – A.W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts

Owen Beylus – Spanish River Community High School

Amber Boyle – A.D. Henderson University School
Matthew Pohl – Spanish River Community High School

Drew Feinerman – Saint Andrew’s School

Fernando Crespo – Boca Prep International School

Joaquin Goquiolay – Spanish River Community High School

Dong Hyun Kim – Saint Andrew’s School

Patrick Israel – West Boca Raton Community High School

Jonah Kaye – Saint Andrew’s School

Connor Kreunen – Saint Andrew’s School

Zachary Kirschner – A.D. Henderson University School

Zachary Maizes – Donna Klein Jewish Academy

Nicholas Martin – The North Broward Preparatory School

Daniel Meisel – Pine Crest School

Matthew Pohl – Spanish River Community High School

Martin Ribeiro-Ochoa – Don Estridge High Tech Middle School

Ethan Rossler – Logger’s Run Middle School

Thiago Schneider – West Boca Raton Community High School

Fernando Spada – Boca Prep International School

Holden Taylor – Atlantic Community High School

Kory Wagner – Spanish River Community High School

Daniel Zampini – Home School

The program requires a nine-month commitment from its young executives.  In that time they brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to potential investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and actually launch their own company.  Business mentors, graphic designers, and local entrepreneurs support the students throughout the program and all of the learning is real and experiential.

For more information about the Boca Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call Beth Johnston, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President at 561.395.4433 ext. 236.


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