Product Prototypes


  • Mr Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.
  • Mrs. Zia Mody, Founding Partner, AZB Legal
  • Mr. Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG
  • Mr. Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, FreeCharge
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Founder UTV Group
  • Ms. Radhika Aggarwal, Founder Shopclues
  • Mr. Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood Producer & Director
  • Mr. P.S. Jayakumar, CEO, Bank of Baroda
  • Mr. Sahil Barua, CEO, Delhivery
  • Mr. Craig Johnson, Head of School, American School of Bombay
  • Mr. Deep Kalra Founder & CEO, MakeMyTrip
  • Mr. Sunil Munjal Chairman, Hero Corporate Servic
  • Mrs. Sara Pilot Founder, NGO CEQUIN
  • Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Co-Founder, Info Edge India Ltd.
  • Mr. Mukesh Bansal Founder, Myntra
  • And many more...!


  • Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Roopa Nath, Angel Investor
  • Mr. Sean Sovak, Co-Founder, Lighthouse Advisors
  • Mr. Pravin Gandhi, Partner, Seedfund
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Noshir Kaka, Managing Director, Mckinsey India
  • Mr. Sandeep Murthy, Partner, Lightbox Ventures
  • Mrs. Aditi Kothari Desai, Head of Sales & Marketing, DSP BlackRock
  • Mr. Samonnoi Bannerjee, Managing Director, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Sanjay Nath, Partner, Bloom Ventures
  • Mr. Kapil Bharati, CTO, Delhivery
  • Ms. Tanvi Dubey, India - Lead, YourStory Media

Host Schools

  • American School of Bombay, Mumbai
  • The Cathedral And John Connon School, Mumbai
  • Oberoi International School - OGC Campus & JVLR Campus, Mumbai
  • Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • The Shri Ram School - Aravali, Gurgaon
  • American Embassy School, New Delhi
  • Neev Academy, Bangalore
  • Symbiosis International School, Pune
  • Seed Academy, Chennai
  • Anand Niketan School, Satellite Campus, Ahmedabad

Field Trips & Mentors

Students were taken behind the scenes, fun field trips to India's most successful businesses.

  • AZA store, Mumbai
  • BIBA store, Gurgaon
  • Restaurant 145, Mumbai
  • Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Bank of Baroda, Mumbai
  • Big Bazaar, Mumbai
  • Co- working space - Ministry of New, Mumbai
  • 42mm, Design firm, Gurgaon
  • Restaurant ‘Social’, Mumbai
  • NGO Sols ARC, Mumbai
  • FILA, Mumbai
  • GMR International Airport, Hyderabad
  • Cloudnine Hospital, Bangalore
  • TeamIndus Moon Mission, Bangalore
  • Gozoop, Mumbai
  • Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad

YEA Team

Manoj Kulkarni, Mumbai Teacher

A pharmacist with post graduate in management, was associated with multi-national and large Indian pharmaceutical companies heading marketing and sales and with world's leading advertising agencies. Bitten by the bug of being an entrepreneur, Manoj runs his own talent acquisition company - Shodh along with his social media marketing venture and sports tourism firm.

Garima Jindal, Mumbai Teacher

Garima is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. She has strong corporate experience in banking with Citibank and Kotak Mahindra bank prior to her teaching career. She is currently teaching Economics and Accounts.

Vasu Raghavachari, Mumbai Teacher

Vasu has been an entrepreneur in the media & real estate space. His current venture is in the automotive apparel sector. In addition he guides various startups with their marketing and sales strategies. Vasu is a post graduate from ISB, Hyderabad.

Anand Agarwal, Mumbai Teacher

Troubled by increasing lifestyle disease cases in the country which were linked to inappropriate eating habits, Anand embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with a vision to improve the health quotient of our country. The facts he discovered along the way led him to found a healthy & honest consumer food brand called ‘By Nature’. Prior to this, he has managed an e-commerce venture dealing with organic food. Anand has also been a successful technologist and is an alumni of IIT BHU and ISB, Hyd.

Sahaj Nalgirkar, Mumbai Teacher

Sahaj Nalgirkar is an engineer who is passionate about music (plays 6 instruments & writes music) & hence he founded GetSetGig which is a booking platform for live performing artists. Today it is a community of more than 2000 artists across the nation and has done over 500 gigs. He is a Startup Leadership Program (SLP) graduate & enjoys teaching & mentors entrepreneurs.

Satyajit Chakraborty, Mumbai Teacher

Satyajit Chakraborty is a financial services professional who helps entrepreneurs raise capital and advises shareholders of companies on value creation strategies in his role as an investment banker in Nine River Capital. Satyajit holds a Bachelors in Engineering from India and a Masters in Digital Signal Processing from the UK.

Meenal Chaturvedi, Delhi Teacher

Meenal works with the Indian Angel Network. Her role at IAN has brought her in close proximity with the dynamic & exciting world of start-ups. Her previous stint in the corporate sector was with ICICI Securities, Mumbai where she managed projects in marketing, branding & online product management. Meenal is an alumnus of Gargi College, Delhi University where she pursued microbiology (Hons.) & an MBA in Marketing from IMT, Dubai.

Aditi Agrawal, Delhi Teacher

Aditi currently works as a Consultant with the United Nations. She holds an MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has extensive international experience in the areas of Human Resources, Change Management and Project Implementation in the development sector as well as private organisations. She also holds an MBA in Marketing/HR and a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Commerce.

Shrey Mishra, Delhi Teacher

An Engineer by education, a Digital marketeer and Gamer by passion, Shrey started off Gaming Central in 2014 today it is India's most popular and social gaming community committed to promote gaming as a positive sport and lifestyle in India. Shrey is also a keen explorer of tech and deliver innovative and interactive brand solutions with Gamification, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality their parent company GC Interactive.

Nitu Bhatt, Delhi Teacher

Nitu Bhatt is a marketing professional with over 12 years of experience across industries and brands. She is the founder of Waterlilly Communications- a marketing consultancy catering to SME clients across different industries. Prior to this, she has worked in marketing and sales roles with leading banks like Kotak Mahindra Bank, HSBC and Citibank in Mumbai. She has an MBA in marketing and finance.

Rasika Ramesh, Chennai Teacher

Rasika is a Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at Shilpa Architects Planners & Designers. As a passionate environmentalist, she is the Program Catalyst at the Reciprocity Foundation, where she spearheads programs relating to Smart City Initiatives and projects to create awareness about Sustainable living. She was previously the Global Marketing and Technology Delivery Manager at Deloitte Consulting’s practice based in Detroit - Michigan, USA. She obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and has a BBA from the Madras University.

Shyamala Swaminathan, Chennai Teacher

A computer graphic animator by training , Shyamala switched to marketing, her first entrepreneurial outing. She built, trained & led marketing teams globally in about 7 countries (mostly South-East Asian & African), for about 10 years. Currently she runs her own event management company The Bo Tree.

Alok Singh, Bangalore Teacher

He is an MBA from the Indian Institute Management (Lucknow) and an Engineer from the IIT - Banaras Hindu University. He has 25 years of work experience in Real Estate, IT/ITES and Automobile industries. He currently works with Azure Capital.

Umesh Raama, Bangalore Teacher

Umesh is a seasoned entrepreneur who has donned multiple hats in the Startup Arena. He has 12+ years experience in Big Data analytics, Travel Technology, Media production (OTT player), Mobile App Security, and IT Enterprise company in the CDN space.

Sneha Shah, Ahmedabad Teacher

Experienced Investment Advisor with an experience of 15 years in this Industry and specializes in Mutual Funds. She is an AMFI Certified Advisor. She has done her MBA, PGDBM from SCMHRD (Symbiosis)

Hitendra Singh, Pune Teacher

Hitendra has 15 years of post IIM-Ahmedabad experience and currently divides his time between running the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at a Pune-based policy think-tank and doing preparatory work for his next entrepreneurial venture. His prior work experience includes being a Fund Manager working out of London & a turnaround CXO working out of Dubai.

Tanya Raheja
Program Manager, Student Liaison

Jennifer Christian
Program Officer General Admin

Global Partners

The Academy was launched with the support the Kauffman Foundation in 2004 at the University of Rochester and is proud to have the support of one of the greatest voices and advocates of the importance of entrepreneurship in America.

Sam's Club®, a division of WalMart Stores, Inc. is a proud 2015 national supporter to help fuel and expand YEA! programs in communities across America, as well as support and enhance the experience for students in existing classes through sponsorship funding and startup funds available through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce® Foundation.

Championing an exclusive scholarship competition for YEA! students, the E. Philip Saunders Foundation has become a generous national partner to afford local students the opportunity to receive a top notch education at an affordable price and continue to develop their passions.