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MVCC’s YEA! Class of 2017 to graduate on May 24
May 17, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Community College Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Class of 2017 will graduate at 5:30 p.m. on May 24, at MVCC’s thINCubator, 326 Broad St., Utica, after successfully pitching their businesses to investors at the Fifth Annual YEA! Investor Panel Presentation Event held in April. The graduation ceremony is free and open to the public.
The investors were representatives of The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, First Source Credit Union, M&T Bank, and Beebe Construction. Additional sponsors are the MVCC Foundation and Mohawk Limited. The panel and sponsors donated monetary contributions to all 13 businesses that were pitched. The funds were divided and allocated to the businesses investors felt had well-thought out plans and had a good chance at success. One CEO won a Presidential Scholarship to MVCC and one business moved on to compete in the Saunders Scholarship Competition held at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
YEA! Graduates’ Businesses
Blended FEAST, a social movement people-powered smoothie company, received $600 and will be competing for an RIT scholarship and the regional YEA! Title at the Saunders Scholarship Competition. Owners: Donovan student, Suzette Valcarcel, and Proctor students Tanasia Penn and Franklyn Valcarcel.
TNT Cookie Factory, a triple chip homemade cookie company, received the MVCC Presidential Scholarship and $213. Owner: Proctor student Tyler Thompson.
Modern Archery, bringing technology to the sport of bow hunting, received $960. Owner: Remsen student, Daniel LaPlante.
SUVIENI, creating a GPS backpack that will help keep kids and teens safe, received $777. Owners: Proctor students Kimberly Kim and Lay Say.
Don’t Fret, a guitar tutor and guitar rental company, received $550. Owner: Proctor student Jorge Hernandez.
4 the Future, a non-profit focused on teaching teens life skills, received $500. Owner: Proctor student Eneliza Retamar.
Swag Bracelets, creating unique beaded bracelets, received $300. Owner: Proctor student Zainabo Imani.
Cure the Heart Race Company, a road race company focused on donating money to local organizations supporting healthy hearts and heart care, received $200. Owner: New Hartford student Anjali Malhotra.
Hang Loose Malasadas, creating Hawaiian Malasadas and donating a portion of their profit to help the homeless in Hawaii, received $200. Owner: Oneida City School student Rose Barris.
Planner Epic, a product-based company that creates planners suited to the needs of teen students, received $200. Owner: PTECH student Saba Haji.
Sugar Lips, a product-based company that creates homemade lips scrubs and bath products, received $200. Owner: Donovan student Julia Mazzotta.
Envy Graphic, a graphic design company with a hip perspective, received $200. Owner: Proctor student Emil Obic.
Epic Drawings, a drawing service focused on super heroes to be hired for parties and events, received $100. Owner: PTECH student Michael Martinez.
For more information about or to register for the YEA! program, please call 315-792-5300 or visit mvcc.edu/cced. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All MVCC non-credit instruction is completely self-supporting, including indirect costs, and requires no public funding.
For more information:
Center for Corporate & Community Education
Academic Building Room 154