PRINT Pitches Pay Off at YEA! Investor Panel Event

Pitches Pay Off at YEA! Investor Panel Event

Eleven middle and high school students from Oneida County pitched their business ideas before a panel of 6 real-life investors to compete for funding at the Second Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel Presentation Event at Mohawk Valley Community College on Tuesday, April 8. The students presented before representatives from some of the area’s biggest companies as well as an audience filled with family, friends and members of the community, for the opportunity to gain funding for their original ideas- that could be the next big thing.

On Tuesday night, the Investor Panel donated monetary contributions and in-kind donations, as well as their support and encouragement in their belief that they too can make a job- not take a job- at any age.

The investor panel consisted of the following business professionals:

The funds were divided and allocated to the businesses that the investors felt had a well thought out plan, and an idea that had a good chance at success.  The Greater Utica Chamber awarded one CEO with a one year chamber membership. Mohawk Valley Community College awarded the CEO finalist with a Presidential Scholarship.  

The investments were as follows:

Students will now begin marketing and selling their products and services, and preparing for the YEA! Trade Show to showcase their goods to the general public.  The Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, June 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at a Greater Utica Chamber Business After Hours Event, held at Mohawk Valley Community College in the Information Technology Building.  This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, please contact Carolyn DeJohn at or 315.792.5410.