Tapping the entrepreneurial spirit

University School's Young Entrepreneur Institute believes that every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship. As a leading organization focused on youth entrepreneurship in the United States, YEI helps students learn entrepreneurial skills, provides opportunities for students, connects with other Northeast Ohio students and entrepreneur organizations, and encourages students to return to Northeast Ohio to pursue careers.

SERVING THE REGION
Since its founding in 2006, our programs have touched tens of thousands of students. With the generous support of University School, community foundations and organizations, the Young Entrepreneur Institute expanded beyond University School and now has partnerships with many schools and organizations throughout the region. More than a thousand educators and schools, both public and private across the region, have benefited from the programs, materials, workshops, conferences, and advice provided by the Institute. Learn more.   

Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship

Each spring University School hosts a free day-long event that brings together nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from across Northeast Ohio.  A nationally recognized young entrepreneur presents to K-12 students. This year’s celebration in April 2021 took place virtually, so feel free to view the featured talk any time! Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship at University School is made possible through the generous support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Click here for our video archive of featured speakers' keynote addresses. 

Our 2021 Featured Speaker was Haile Thomas!

Click here to check out her talk

Haile Thomas is 20 years old, an international speaker, a health activist, a vegan food & lifestyle influencer, podcaster, the youngest Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the United States, and the founder/CEO of the nonprofit HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth). Haile founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities as well as in schools and through annual summer camps. Haile has personally engaged over 35,000 kids since beginning her activism in 2010. All of Haile’s programs, projects, and initiatives are geared towards engaging, educating, motivating, and empowering young people to make healthy lifestyle choices to live their best life. She also hosted the podcast “Girl Empowered” where she interviewed inspiring and empowering women.

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Entrepreneur Programs

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  • Academic Entrepreneurial Programs

    Read more about the High School MBA - the Anderson Scholars Program, Microeconomics, and the History of Capitalism.
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  • Extracurricular Activities

    University School offers opportunities for students to explore business challenges through the Entrepreneur Cup, Tech CupStudent Investment Committee, Stock Market Challenge, JA Titan, Business Roundtable, Middle School Entrepreneur Club (EClub), and Lemonade Day Club.
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  • Summer Entrepreneurial Programs

    Read more about the Morgan Apprenticeship Program and New Summer Camps for Middle School Students.
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  • Student-Run Businesses

    Young Entrepreneur Institute students have started a variety of ventures including floral, clothing, electronics, soap and food businesses.
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  • The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

    The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is a growing network of high schools in Northeast Ohio that equips students with an entrepreneurial mindset and essential skills by providing exceptional education and real-world experiences in entrepreneurship. Founded in 2012 with the assistance of Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School, the Forum today reaches 7,000 students annually at 22 different private and public high schools that are invited to participate. Click here to connect to the Veale Youth Entrepreneur Forum.
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  • Northeast Ohio Youth Entrepreneur Ecosystem

    Northeast Ohio is fortunate to have one of the strongest youth entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country. With strong leadership and funding from Burton D. Morgan Foundation and The Veale Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Institute helps schools, community organizations and the northeast Ohio business community work together to develop and deliver programs that continuously strengthen entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurship experiences for young people. Click here to learn more about the Youth, Collegiate and Adult Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Northeast Ohio.

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Lemonade Day Entrepreneurs

 

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University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved.