Young Entrepreneurs Receive Funding

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April 10, 2017
Candy Troutman
208-888-2817 office

Awarded Funding FOR BUSINESSES
Meridian, Idaho (April 10, 2017) The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students were awarded startup funding to launch their businesses after pitching to a panel of local investors who awarded startup funds based on the merit of the idea, the quality of their pitch and the potential for success.
Danica Burback, the 14 year-old CEO of Burback Medical, was selected as the YEA! Saunders Scholars semifinalist and will advance to the national semi-final competition in Rochester, New York to compete against YEA! students from around the country for the opportunity to win college scholarships and business startup prize packages. The second place winner was Riley Scheurman, CEO of Spec Ops Drones.
Investors included:
Brian Stone, Alliance Title & Escrow Corp
​Deneen May, Zions Bank
John Bellamy, United Heritage Insurance
Ron Ramza, Ramza Realty
Todd Ketlinski, QTI Sensing Solutions
Ty Palmer, Councilman, City of Meridian
YEA! is made possible by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, helping to build the next generation of business leaders in Meridian.
To learn more about YEA! visit
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow's future leaders.

YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. 
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Candy Troutman, YEA Program Manager, (208) 888-2817