University of Rochester

Local Bank Lends a Hand to Help Young Entrepreneurs

June 26, 2008

Two local bankers have made a deposit of their own to the University of Rochester's Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

Local representatives from JP Morgan Chase presented Office of Special Programs Director Gayle Jagel and Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering Richard Feldman with a $5,000 donation on behalf of the company's local branches. Chase Bank also supports the YEA! program by providing its students with fee-free accounts and checking.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a yearlong academic program that teaches students how to launch and run their own businesses. Through YEA, students are taught to transform their ideas into enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world.

About YEA!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) guides students in grades 6-12 through the process of starting a real business: developing business plans, pitching an investor panel, obtaining funding, launching the venture, managing media campaigns, developing websites, planning sales events, and sttending trade shows. The end result of the YEA! program, unlike other simulation models, is a fully formed and functioning business, which is carried on by students after graduation. The program is offered in New York State at the University of Rochester with the support of a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and at the State University of New York at Geneseo with support from the Finger Lakes WIRED initiative. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.275.6902 or visit