Tapping the entrepreneurial spirit

University School's Young Entrepreneur Institute was founded in 2006 to help students learn entrepreneurial skills, provide opportunities to experience entrepreneurship, connect to other Northeast Ohio students and entrepreneur organizations, and encourage students to return to Northeast Ohio to pursue careers.

Since its founding, several thousand students have participated in one or more Young Entrepreneur Institute activities. In addition, many educators and schools across the region have benefited from the programs, materials and advice provided by the Institute.

Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship 2017

University School welcomed Jon Kaplan '91, head of Global Sales at Pinterest, as the featured speaker at Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship 2017. Mr. Kaplan oversees all aspects of the company’s global sales and operations organization. His team works with both large and small clients, agencies and technology partners across the full range of Pinterest’s advertising solutions. 

Prior to Pinterest, Kaplan spent 12 years at Google, most recently serving as vice president of U.S. sales where he was responsible for search, display, YouTube and DoubleClick programmatic solutions across a range of industries. Earlier in his career, he was the first business hire at Economist.com, worked at the PGA of America and represented athletes at SFX Sports. Jon is the on the board of NYC and Company and is an advisor to Metamorphic Ventures.

Following Mr. Kaplan's talk, there were opportunities to purchase products created and promoted by our young entrepreneurs at the market. Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship is presented in partnership with University School and is made possible through the generous support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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, and Middle School Entrepreneur Club (EClub).
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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 businesses including floral, clothing, web-based electronics, video games, and food.
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  • The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

    The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (the 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 1,000 students annually at 17 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 The 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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Serving the Region

Since its founding in 2006, our programs have touched tens of thousands of students. We have collaborated with hundreds of educators and schools across Northeast Ohio and beyond to share programs, advice, and curriculum. Click on the logo link below to learn more.

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216.831.2200
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.