VISUAL: Student entrepreneurs, on stage at MVCC, present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience.

WHAT: Eight students, ages 11 to 18, from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Mohawk Valley Community College pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community, during the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel Event. Based on the appeal and merit of the student’s plans and presentations, companies like Beebe Construction, Mohawk Limited, First Source Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, and the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement. Event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
             Reception and Media Meet & Greet- 5:30 pm
             Presentations Commence: 6:00 pm

WHERE: Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica Campus
                Payne Hall Board Room, 3rd Floor (please note room change)
                1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501

WHO: Eleven students in grades 6-12 who attend the Mohawk Valley Community College Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
Major sponsors include the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Beebe Construction, Mohawk Limited, First Source Federal Credit Union, and M&T Bank.

WHY: Students present their business ventures and social movements to the public for the first time and compete for funding that will enable them to get their ideas off the ground and running!

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, and develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

For More Information: Contact Carolyn DeJohn,, 315.792.5410