About us

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. 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 & get large cash prizes.

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 7,700 YEA! students have launched over 5,100 real businesses.

Core Team

Namita Thapar

Namita Thapar

CEO, India Head, Incredible Ventures Ltd. Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals ltd

CA, MBA

Shirali Vengsarkar

Shirali Vengsarkar

YEA! India Academic Director Founder, The Happy Elephant

Ateet Sanghavi

Ateet Sanghavi

YEA! India Curriculum Specialist Partner, Purple Ventures Management Consultants LLP

Hitendra Singh

Hitendra Singh

YEA India! Student Advisor - Idea to Launch Specialist Fellow, PIC Social Innovation Lab