Success Stories

YEA! students have achieved some pretty remarkable things. Take a look!

Kayla AbramowitzChief Kid Officer, Kayla Cares 4 Kids | 2015 NATIONAL WINNER
Kayla Abramowitz is Chief Kid Officer (CKO) of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that collects educational and entertainment items and donates them to children's hospitals nationwide. YEA!, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Sam's Club recognized Abramowitz as the winner of the YEA!  Full Story
Lane KarlitzCEO, Study Senses, LLC | 2015 NATIONAL FINALIST
Lane Karlitz, an eighth grader at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, has gained national attention for his company, Study Senses, LLC, a mobile application designed to make learning fun for all ages and education levels by creating customized soundtracks for schoolwork.  Full Story
Shreyas Parab CEO, NovelTie | 2015 NATIONAL FINALIST
Archmere Academy high school student Shreyas Parab was named a finalist in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s Saunders Scholars Competition and is preparing to head to Washington, DC to compete for up to $50,000 in college scholarship funding and business prize packages.  Full Story
Vikash ModyCEO, HireHigh | 2015 NATIONAL FINALIST
Vikash Mody is the CEO and Founder of HireHigh. Vikash is a sophomore at the Chadwick school in Palos Verdes, CA.    Full Story
Jordan ZietzCEO, GameReef | 2015 NATIONAL FINALIST
Jordan Zietz is the CEO of GameReef, a video game console rental company. Jordan is entering the eighth grade at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, Fla., is a finalist in the 2015 Saunders Scholars Competition, and will pitch his business to a panel of judges at America's Small Business Summit on June 8 in Washington, D.C.   Full Story
Hope KesslerCEO, Quickly Covered | 2015 NATIONAL FINALIST
Midland High School student Hope Kessler was named a finalist in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s Saunders Scholars Competition and is preparing to head to Washington, D.C. to compete for up to $50,000 in college scholarship funding and business prize packages.  Full Story
James BourtisCOE, Sprouting Paper
Fifteen-year-old James Bourtis, is a 2015 graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), is entering his sophomore year at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, New York.  Full Story
Courtney MartinCEO, Infiniti Salon
When Courtney Martin graduated from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class in 2013, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.“I always wanted to own my own business,” says Martin, now 20, and a graduate from Churchville Chili High School in Rochester, New York. And Martin realized her dream by opening her very own salon, Infiniti Salon, in May 2015.  Full Story
Chad BingoCEO, Dogstar Pet Products
Chad Bingo has always had a love for dogs and making caring for them more fun and enjoyable. In the Academy, Chad launched the Gotta Go Button, the first product from his company, Dogstar Pet Products. The Gotta Go Button “speaks” for your dog and lets owners know when Fido’s “gotta go”! The button comes complete with a 2 week training system.  Full Story
Chad Bingo
Tanner and Spencer HarrisonCo-CEOs, Campfire Industries
Tanner and Spencer Harrison, brothers and co-CEO’s, graduated from the South Jordan YEA! class in 2013. Their business idea, the Wolf’Em Stick, is a pioneering product of their company, Campfire Industries. The Wolf’ Em Stick is a unique tool that creates tasty dough treats over a campfire.  Full Story
Tanner and Spencer Harrison
Rachel ZietzCEO, Gladiator Lacrosse
Gladiator Lacrosse was founded in 2013 by then-13-year old seventh grade entrepreneur and lacrosse player, Rachel Zietz. Like every player wishing to improve his or her game, Rachel’s coaches advised her to play “wall ball” and practice her shot as much as possible.  Full Story
Rachel Zietz
Drew DeHavenCEO, CGE Energy
Drew became a CEO at 14 years old, as he was finishing up the 8th grade at Colleyville Middle School in his suburban hometown, Colleyville, TX, in 2014. When he isn't searching for the next big thing in solar power energy, Drew enjoys playing football, basketball, and running track.  Full Story
Amrita RamCEO, Fresh Steps
Amrita Ram is currently a senior at Newport High School. Amrita applied for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class of 2014, hosted by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, with a big idea! She was delighted to have the opportunity to turn that big idea into a real business!   Full Story
Amrita Ram