Namita Thapar, CA, MBA.
CEO , Incredible Ventures Ltd.
Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals ltd
Board member of Finolex Cables ltd
Regional Advisory Board Member,
Fuqua Business School
YPO Pune Member

 

Introduction

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting class that transforms students ages 11-18 into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real companies and social movements.

Students get an opportunity to hear as well as get inspired by several celebrity guest speakers. The list comprises of entrepreneurs from some of the top industrial houses in India as well as some of the larger e commerce start-ups. In addition, students take behind the scenes, fun, field trips to India’s most successful businesses. They work with mentors from top consulting and venture capital funds in India. Finally, they participate in a "Shark Tank" style Investor Panel, where they will present their business ideas to a panel of India’s most successful business leaders for the opportunity to secure real funding to launch their businesses and 6 premier education institutes, American School of Bombay, The Shri Ram School, Delhi and The Cathedral School, Mumbai, Bangalore International School, Bangalore, Glendale Academy, Hyderabad, American Embassy School, Delhi are the host locations.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is not only a wonderful tool to teach students about business, but also a great way to build confident leaders with values. An excellent instrument to unify the business and educational communities, YEA! India looks forward to scale rapidly pan India to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job.

Incredible Ventures in India is the first overseas organization to license YEA!. YEA! was founded by Gayle Jagel in 2004 at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, with support from the Kauffman Foundation. YEA! classes are currently available in more than 104 centers across 40 states in the U.S.A. To date, more than 4,000 YEA! students have launched over 3,000 real businesses.

YEA! Fast Facts Snapshot

  • 100% of Academy graduates graduate high school on time
  • 99% of Academy graduates enroll in college
  • 49% of YEA! students are female
  • 56% of YEA! students are underrepresented minorities
  • 19% of YEA! students start second businesses
  • YEA! students have been awarded millions of dollars in scholarships as a result of their involvement in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
  • 4,338 YEA! students nationwide have launched more than 3,172 real businesses in America