YEA! classes meet October through May, for three hours weekly after school. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses. Most classes are held at Rutgers Business School in Newark with other sessions off-site at local businesses.

Important Dates

 July - September 2016 Applications Accepted 
 October 2016      Admitted Student & Parent Orientation 
 October 2016  Weekly Classes Begin
 March 2017 YEA! Investor Panel
 May 2017 YEA! Trade Show
 May 2017 Regional Competition/Saunders Scholars
 May 2017 National Competition
 May 2017 YEA! Graduation

Student Selection Process

YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6-12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real businesses may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcripts and letter of recommendation.

Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.


Start as a student, finish as a CEO! Students ages 11 to 18 and in grades six through 12 are eligible to apply. This program offers students the chance to:

  • Develop hands-on entrepreneurial experience to launch their own business or social movement
  • Connect with local entrepreneurs
  • Pitch to a panel of investors for startup funding
  • Gain confidence in their ideas, abilities and presentation skills

Sign up online or contact YEA! Program Manager, Mitchell Greene, for more information, 973-495-5840.

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