Beaverton Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

Are you a middle or high school student ready to start your very own REAL business? Would you like to prepare for a chance to compete for America’s Top Young Entrepreneur 2017? Join Beaverton’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy 2017. This is a once a week after-school program run by the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. Class size is limited to 24. Classes start mid October 2016 and are held at the Beaverton High School Library Tuesdays 4-7pm.


Thank you to this year’s Investor Panel Judges !

It was a fabulous night with over $8,000 awarded to our student entrepreneurs!

Investorpanel2016These entrepreneurs gave our judges some incredibly tough decisions. The presentations and business plans were remarkable. The passion from these young folks was palpable and inspiring. So much so, that individual judges chose to pitch in additional venture capital to fully fund a couple of our businesses.






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Huge congratulations to CEO of Safe with Me Now, Jessica Yu, our first place winner.

Our 2016 Beaverton YEA! graduate Jessica Yu made the news again with her life saving idea. Congratulations Jessica! Our chamber and chamber partners are exited and ready in continuing to help her on her journey to the production and release of her product. If you are or know of a middle or high school student who has a desire to be an entrepreneur, please apply here.







The Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce launched Oregon’s first Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) in November 2013. Since then we have proudly graduated 24 CEOs and launched 17 businesses. We are starting our third year October 27th and we are looking for Middle and High School students who have thought about and want to start their own REAL business. Learn more about the YEA! program in this YEA! information…

YEA! is designed to inspire 6th through 12th grade students in Beaverton to become successful contributors to the local community and economy, by bringing their innovative business ideas to life! Students attend an after-school class once a week. Over the course of a year, YEA! students hear local guest speakers, attend seminars, and tour real businesses in Beaverton to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a legal, fully fledged business! Investors and business mentors within Beaverton work to support Beaverton’s young entrepreneurs in their quest to create and run their business successfully. YEA! provides students with an invaluable opportunity to gain professional experience unattainable in a classroom, and benefits the community by allowing established businesses to collaborate in support of a growing economy in Beaverton.

Interested in participating in the 2016-17 Beaverton YEA! class? Email Evelyn Orr with your name, contact info, school name and grade level.



  • Class 2016-2017 Application Deadline October 5, 2016
  • Mid October, 2016: Classes Start


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