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Local Young Entrepreneurs Obtain Funding; Meet the Nine Companies on May 13

Tuesday, May 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
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May 10, 2016
Contact: Sara Garner, 425.213.1204;

Bellevue, WA - 13 middle and high school students from the Bellevue area pitched their business ideas before a panel of real-life investors to compete for funding at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel Pitch Event on April 19. The students presented before business leaders from area companies as well as an audience filled with family, friends and members of the community, for the opportunity to gain funding for their original ideas that could be the next big thing.


Bellevue Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy finalists, who received awards totaling over $1800, are Ronit Jain with SproutingIndia, Krystal Graylin with Early Bird who was chosen as our 2016 YEA! Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist, and Kei Chua & Zoya Soy with HairMonster. Pictured with Dwight Phillips with Corporate Sponsor Columbia Bank.

The 2016 YEA! class is comprised of Bellevue School District students in the 6th to 12th grades. The Investor Panel Event is one of the program’s three public events that take place over the duration of the program. The Investor Panel awarded monetary contributions through the Bellevue Chamber Foundation (to make a tax deductible contribution visit with support from Legacy Champion Outerwall, Corporate Sponsor Columbia Bank, and Academy Partner Bellevue School District.

The Investor Panel awarded a total of $3640 to nine companies that are being started by the 2016 Bellevue Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy students. The Investor Panel selected Early Bird founder Krystal Graylin, a 9th grader at Newport High School, to advance to the YEA! Saunders Scholars National Semi-Finals College Scholarship competition last week. Early Bird is an app that helps users develop healthy nighttime routines through 30-Day Challenges.

Students will now begin development, marketing and selling of their products and services, and preparing for the YEA! Student Business Trade Show that is open to the general public on May 13, 2016 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, 11211 Main St., Bellevue. For more information contact or 425.454.2464.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job--not just take a job! YEA!’s™ direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.

The Bellevue Chamber serves as the voice of business on the Eastside, representing thousands of jobs in our community. Businesses range in size from sole proprietors to large corporations. The Chamber's mission is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success.

2016 Investor Panelists

Michael Nassirian - Microsoft
Jimmy Ng – KeyBank
Meghana Subramanian - extraSlice
Thomas Tomasevic – T2 Team Consulting

2016 YEA! Students & Student Startups

Karan Singh is a freshman at International School in Bellevue and Vineet Kalki is a freshman at Interlake High School. Ascential is a high heel shoe company focused around the concept of retractable high heels.

Armaan Huda is a 7th grader at Tyee middle school and Ankit Sujith is an 8th grader at Big Picture Middle School. ChargEn Go is a company that provides a hassle free and on the go backpack that charges your phone.

Krystal Graylin is a freshman at Newport High School. Early Bird is an app that helps users develop healthy nighttime routines through 30-Day Challenges.

Zoya Soy is a 14 year old freshman student at Newport High School. Kei Chua is a 15 year old freshman at Newport High School as well. HairMonster is an efficient and reusable net that slips easily over the bristles of the hairbrushes making cleaning your hairbrushes easier and more efficient.

Kevin Wang is a freshman at Newport High School. Pearfect is a company that uses Asian pears to create a thick syrup as a healthier alternative to traditional sweeteners since it has no added sugar or corn syrup.

Parthiv Mathur is an 8th grader at International School. PepTalk allows coaches to provide feedback quickly and efficiently to their players.

Jayden Yamada is a 14-year-old who is a freshman at Newport High School. Silver Dragon Games (stylized as S1lv3rdr4g0ngames) is an independent game developer. Its main game is codenamed Project Texting, a game set around texting and driving.

Aidan Moraru is a freshman at Newport High School. Andrew Fu is a sophomore at Interlake Senior High School. SnapElectrics is a small business that manufactures and sells physics electronic circuit modeling kits for the purpose of making the classroom more efficient.

Ronit Jain is an eighth grader at Odle Middle School. SproutingIndia is a nonprofit organization which allows donors to plant trees in Rajasthan, India for environmental and humanitarian purposes. 

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