Young entrepreneurs from Anderson, Alexandria and Pendleton will present their plans for startup businesses during a “Shark Tank” style event next week in Anderson. The high school students will compete for funding and a chance to go on to a regional competition in Florida next month.

April 29, 2015

News Release

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Madison County Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program presents 8 student businesses requesting start-up funding from a panel of local “investors.” Investors will hear six-minute presentations from each group and then determine at what level each is funded and choose the top business group to move onto the Regional YEA! Saunders Scholarship Competition in Boca Raton, FL in late May 2015.


5:30PM, Meet and Greet Reception

6:00PM, Presentation


Conference Center

1547 Ohio Avenue, Anderson, IN 46016


– Jim Alexander, SCORE Anderson (sponsored by and on behalf of Robert Anders, SCORE Anderson)

– Nicole Eicks, owner, Clipzone Salon & Spa and The Salon Professional Academy

– Colin Martin, president, Interstate Auto Auction

– Matt McKillip, Director of Research & Innovation, Purdue University

– Michael Montgomery, AIA, president, kRM Architecture+

– Richard Ruden, Vice President of Finance and Development, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

– Rob Sparks, Executive Director, Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development

– Dirk Webb, Operations Manager, Flagship Enterprise Center

– Cameron Weeks, Co-Founder and CEO, Fathom Voice

YEA! Staff

– Christopher Cross, Business Instructor, Harrison College Anderson / YEA! Instructor

– Kyle Morey, president and CEO, Madison County Chamber / YEA! Instructor and Investor Panel Emcee

– Corey Sharp, Director of Purdue University College of Technology Anderson / YEA! Co-Program Manager

– Angela Barbosa, Programs Consultant, Madison County Chamber / YEA! Co-Program Manager

The YEA! program is presented in Madison County by the Madison County Chamber and hosted by Purdue College of Technology, Anderson.

Major sponsors to date for this year’s program are the following: Presenting Sponsors – Flagship Enterprise Center and Corporation for Economic Development; Premier Sponsors – Community Hospital, Gaither Music Company, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Ricker’s Oil Company, and St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital; and Supporting Sponsors – E&B Paving, Inc., Harrison College, Modern Trailer Inc., and Old National Bank.

For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Madison County, please email Angela Barbosa, Program Manager at

About the Madison County Chamber

MCC is the champion connector for business throughout Madison County and beyond. Representing over 500 businesses and organizations, it serves as a primary advocate for increasing the visibility and image of the business community. MCC works to provide growth strategies and solutions that help businesses grow locally, expand regionally, and succeed in today’s economy. For more information on MCC or becoming a member, please call (765) 642-0264 or visit

About Purdue University College of Technology, Anderson

The Purdue College of Technology at Anderson focuses on offering educational opportunities to both traditional college students and area businesses and their employees. It offers degrees in three Purdue programs: engineering technology, industrial technology, and organizational leadership and supervision. Learn more at

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!):

YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!'s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.272.3535 or visit

Sources: Madison County Chamber, Madison County Young Entrepreneurs Academy

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