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The Entrepreneur Academy

Young Entrepreneur Showdown (Y.E.S.) now accepting applications for Summer 2024

San Diego's Premier Entrepreneur Program

At the Entrepreneur Academy (TEA), we believe that young minds possess incredible, boundless potential. That's why we're committed to providing students with the skills, knowledge, and mentorship necessary to turn their unique ideas into thriving businesses. Our comprehensive, holistic program, taught by seasoned professionals across a diverse and wide range of industries, equips students with the tools they need to excel and thrive in today's dynamic entrepreneurial landscape. Come be a part of TEA and discover how you can change the world.


What is TEA?

The Entrepreneur Academy (TEA) is an entrepreneurial program hosted at the University of San Diego's Knauss School of Business. The initiative is tailored for high school and middle school students, offering mentorship, coaching, hands-on workshops, and access to a broad network of seasoned entrepreneurs. Our curriculum focuses on cultivating vital skills such as ideation, team building, and compelling pitching. Students create their own start-ups with the opportunity to compete "shark-tank-style" in the TYE Global Final Competition where they can vie for both cash and non-cash prizes.

Why Join

Joining TEA offers students a unique opportunity to gain invaluable business acumen, receive mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced business leaders, and connect with a supportive, nurturing network of peers. Whether you have a passion for innovation or dream of launching your own business, TEA equips students with the essential tools and mindset needed to succeed in the entrepreneurial arena. 

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About Us

We are a non-profit organization powered by a passionate community of experienced business leaders, accomplished entrepreneurs, and dedicated volunteers. Our mission is to empower the next generation of innovators and changemakers through education, mentorship, and hands-on experience. We believe in the profound impact and transformative power of entrepreneurship, guiding students on their journey to become confident, creative, and resilient entrepreneurs. 

"This Type of Real World Experience is Unmatched! I urge you to invest your children’s time and effort in these programs because the outcome is incomparable. My son didn’t have much direction on what to do in terms of the future and this program gave him a strong business direction and taught him life long lessons regarding his relationships within team members. This type of real world experience is unmatched and will have an incredibly positive lasting impact on your children as well."

Craig Banner, Parent

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