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Investors Sought for Shark Tank-Style Panel

High school students in the Webster Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will pitch their businesses in Shark Tank-style to a panel of investors this spring, and Webster YEA! is looking for local businesses and persons to be the next Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, or Barbara Corcoran for these budding entrepreneurs.

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YEA! transforms Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, Webster YEA! students generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies. Investors pledge $700 toward student businesses and join the in-person Shark Tank-style presentation of student entrepreneur business proposals to be held on Thursday, March 21.

Interested in being an investor and on the panel? Please contact program coordinator Jim McEntee at

The Webster YEA! student(s) receiving the largest investment at the Investor's Panel will advance to the finals of the YEA! Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas college scholarship competition to be held in June. There they will vie for one of three scholarship awards ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and an opportunity to display their product or service at Imagine RIT: Innovation Creativity Festival.

Webster CSD has been a proud participant in the YEA! since 2009.

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