If we invest in youth business education today, we create a stronger economy and workforce tomorrow.

At Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW), we inspire youth to explore business leadership, college, careers, industries and professional growth opportunities—all in one life-changing week. Each summer, students and business community volunteers unite for YEBW at University of Portland, Oregon State University or University of Oregon. Our experiential learning programs—Business Week, Marketing Week, Finance Week, Investing Week and Entrepreneur Week—are led by real entrepreneurs, executives, educators and business professionals.

It is our belief that, if we help young people develop the leadership skills and professional experience they need today, they will become better employees and entrepreneurs tomorrow…

YEBW’s Community Impact Report highlights annual achievements and stats at YEBW 2018.


Alumni

students served

Each year, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week aims to educate and inspire more students...

Roughly 450 students participated at YEBW 2018.

Since 2006, YEBW has served more than 2,500 high school students across Oregon and beyond.

YEBW is on target to reach 1,000 students per summer by 2020.

Student Enrollment by Year

Outcomes

At YEBW, we help students explore business leadership and discover possible career paths or college majors, while building professional confidence and connections... To measure results, students are asked to complete pre-surveys on the first day of the program and post-surveys on the last day.

Confidence

 “At the start of YEBW, I was reserved because there were few people who looked like me. Due to this, I had a lack of confidence, so I withdrew myself from showing my great attributes and ideas I had for the team. Later on, I got more comfortable with my team, and the staff, speakers, and peers at YEBW empowered me to take every opportunity to shine. My opinion, ideas and feedback were accepted and honored. I stood out and helped the team get high scores in our presentations. My inner leader blossomed.”  - Kehinde Timothy, David Douglas

“At the start of YEBW, I was reserved because there were few people who looked like me. Due to this, I had a lack of confidence, so I withdrew myself from showing my great attributes and ideas I had for the team. Later on, I got more comfortable with my team, and the staff, speakers, and peers at YEBW empowered me to take every opportunity to shine. My opinion, ideas and feedback were accepted and honored. I stood out and helped the team get high scores in our presentations. My inner leader blossomed.”

- Kehinde Timothy, David Douglas

81 percent of 2018 Alumni now consider themselves ‘leaders’ after completing YEBW.

100 percent of surveyed students feel more prepared for a job interview.

100 percent of surveyed students feel more confident presenting in front of people.

99 percent feel more comfortable in a professional networking setting.

College

 “My time at YEBW was incredible. I pushed myself and found out a few things I didn’t know about myself. There I met people whose ambition could match mine and I made many new friends and mentors. If you let it, YEBW could help shape you into who you’d want to be.”  - Micah Rosas, Newport High

“My time at YEBW was incredible. I pushed myself and found out a few things I didn’t know about myself. There I met people whose ambition could match mine and I made many new friends and mentors. If you let it, YEBW could help shape you into who you’d want to be.”

- Micah Rosas, Newport High

Post high school, 91 percent of YEBW 2018 Alumni are planning on choosing colleges or universities rather than going straight into the workforce, military or other pathways.

More than half enrolled or are interested in enrolling at partner campuses: University of Portland, University of Oregon or Oregon State University.

48 percent are taking advantage of college credit they earn by completing YEBW.



Connections

95 percent of YEBW 2018 Alumni say they made new friends.

69 percent found professional mentors or role models.

38 percent discovered job or internship connections.

36 percent met potential business partners.

Career

The majority of surveyed students now rank their business competency as a '4 out of 5.' 

51 percent are very interested in going into a business career and 39 percent are moderately interested.

93 percent of surveyed YEBW alumni feel more confident starting their own businesses.


Programs

new and returning students

In 2018, roughly 450 students experienced YEBW through Business Week, Marketing Week, Finance Week, Investing Week or Entrepreneur Week.

71.6 percent of students were new to YEBW participating in the flagship program Business Week, while the rest enrolled in returning programs Marketing Week, Finance Week, Investing Week or Entrepreneur Week.

62 percent of surveyed students say 'yes,' they want to come back for YEBW 2019—while 31 percent are 'interested.'

92 percent of surveyed students would recommend YEBW to a friend.

2018 Student Enrollment % by Program


Universities

University Partners

As part of the YEBW experience, students stay and study at a college campus for a week. Over the years, hundreds of students have gained college exposure thanks to our host partners: University of Portland, Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

Students qualify for college credit at Oregon State University regardless of which university they attend.

2018 Student Enrollment % by Campus


Student Demographics

Serving students from diverse backgrounds is one of YEBW’s primary objectives. We believe that all high school students should have the opportunity to experience YEBW—regardless of geography, demographics or financial circumstances.

GEOGRAPHIC Impact

Student outreach in Oregon is one of YEBW’s major initiatives. We intend to serve students in all 36 counties.

Between 2012 and 2018, YEBW reached students in 3 continents, 4 countries, 20 states and 34 counties across Oregon.

In 2018, students from 4 new Oregon counties attended YEBW for the first time ever: Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler Counties.

Roughly 89 percent of students are from Oregon, whereas 11 percent are based out of state.

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Students by Region %

Diversity

Beyond geography, YEBW students vary in gender, race, age and more. Teams are deliberately diverse—allowing students to work with peers from different backgrounds.

Student Age %

Gender %

Ethnicity %

Academics

Students at YEBW come from different schools, educational programs and grade levels. All students have the opportunity to excel at YEBW—regardless of their prior business experience. The curriculum is designed as a compliment for schools that offer business classes or clubs and a supplement for schools that don’t.

Grade Level %

GPA %


Financial Aid

Almost half of all YEBW students received scholarships or financial aid in 2018

With more support, YEBW will be able to serve more students with scholarships in 2019. Sponsors can allocate aid based on financial need, geographic location or diversity initiatives. To sponsor a student, visit www.yebw.org/sponsor-a-student.

Student Aid Tuition Funding %


Business Community Support

For companies that support Oregon youth, education and the economy, the YEBW community is the best investment. Our partners contribute to YEBW from every angle, from students to volunteers to funding.

2018 Stakeholders

In 2018, more than 160 companies or organizations supported YEBW as partners; 41 of those sponsors contribute financially—in the form of nonprofit funding, student scholarships or product donations. A number of scholarships were also contributed by individual donors.

Growth Partners

A-dec
Freres Lumber
Pacific Power Foundation
Pacific Seafood
Pape Group
Siltronic
Greenbrier Companies

Scholarship Partners

Anchorage Athena Society
Arch Bridge Financial Advisors - Ameriprise
Black United Fund of Oregon
Campbell Global
Geffen Mesher
Government Portfolio Advisors
Hoffman Corporation
Nyman Foundation
Oregon Bankers Association (OBA)
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)
Oregon Department of Education
Pacific Power Foundation
Portland General Electric (PGE Foundation)
Randall Charitable Trust
Renaissance Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
The Roundhouse Foundation
Tillamook
Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Umpqua Bank
Watts Foundation
Wells Fargo
Wildhorse Resort & Casino

Mission Partners

Campbell Global
The Ford Family Foundation
Portland General Electric (PGE)
Tillamook
Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Umpqua Bank

Volunteer Partners

Campbell Global
Oregon Business & Industry (OBI)
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)
Oregon State University (OSU)
Pilot Wealth Management
Portland General Electric (PGE)
Tillamook
Renaissance Foundation
The Standard
Umpqua Bank
University of Oregon (UO)
University of Portland (UP)

In-Kind Donor Partners

A to Z Wineworks
CoLab
Farmers Insurance
Frito-Lay
LivePlan - Palo Alto Software
Oregon Business & Industry (OBI)
Portland Gear
Prolifiq Software
Skinny Pop


Volunteers

As a volunteer-led organization, YEBW relies on local business professionals and alumni to coach and guide students at each program. Thank you to all the companies and organizations that support YEBW—with entrepreneurs, executives or employees serving as Speakers, Networking Guests, Judges, Advisors or Interns.

In 2018, more than 140 companies or organizations engaged volunteers at YEBW. Roughly 250 total volunteers dedicated their time and talent to help students succeed this summer; 233 unique volunteers served in different roles at multiple campuses. Volunteers logged more than 37,000 total hours.

2018 Volunteers

Advisors

Alex Marlay, speaker and trainer
Andrew White, PwC
Audrey Neel, HR professional
Bonnie Crawford, moovel
Brett Greene, Portland General Electric (PGE)
Cassie Hart, Portland General Electric
Curtis Lilly, Campbell Global
Dan Aronson, MetrosSwitch Technologies
Dave Schwendiman, David Schwendiman LLC
David Eastman, Gamma Therapeutics
Denise Sunseri, private investor
Dillon Myers, Mirror The Moment
Evan Amano, Campbell Global
Greg Wong, Portland General Electric
Jessica Sernach, Portland General Electric
Jill Hill, Living Room Realty
Josh McLean, Nike
Justin Hendrickson, The Standard
Katrina Hull, Salem Keizer School District
Kristi Van Vleck, Arch Bridge Financial Advisors and Ameriprise Financial
Lana Silva, Campbell Global
Laura Debney, Laura Kim LLC
Lynnette Richmann, Healing Arts Corporation
Marie Marshall, Marie Marshall Consulting
Maya Humphries, Summa Real Estate Executives
Meagan English, Meagan English Consulting and Inspire Leadership
Mike Cebula, Cebula Consulting and SCORE
Murali Nallakrishnan, 7 Continents Holdings
Nhien Le, Portland General Electric
Nick Fisher, Pilot Wealth Management
Peg Ramier, Ramier Architects
Rebecca Semper, Umpqua Bank
Roseann Parry, H&R Block
Scott Richmann, Farmers Insurance
Scott Smith, D. Scott Smith Co.
Stephen Hodges, Oregon State University
Susanna Ross, Bank of America (retired)

Interns

Aakash Muir, Intern
Abigail Hernandez, Intern
Alex Bridgeman, Investing Week Intern
Brandon Hong, Entrepreneur Week Intern
Caden Patten, Intern
Craig Kaeding, Lead Intern
Daniel Lujano, Intern
Dylan Oster, Intern
Elizabeth Paige, Medical Staff
Fernando Bravo, Intern
Grace Hamilton, Intern
Jatzel Cardenas, Intern
Jennifer Hernandez, Program Associate
Justice Kono, Lead Intern and Head of Security
Kaheawai Kaonohi, Marketing Week Intern and Mar-Com Apprentice
Kaitlynn Wiley, Intern
Kelly Lyp, Medical Staff
Landon Carlson, Lead Intern and Head of Security
Lily Shafer, Intern 
Mitchell Leon, Intern and Mar-Com Apprentice
Megan Talbert, Intern
Ryan Tea, Intern
Samantha Magana, Guest Intern
Siobhan Nolan, Intern 
Sydney Wagner, Lead Intern
Tristan Turner, Intern
Vivek Sharma, Finance Week Intern
 

Elevated program Speakers & Guests

Alex Dassise – Seiji’s Bridge
Charla Triplett – FutureBrand Speck
Chris Magana - IMS Capital
Christian Riley - HYPEothesis
Dave Barcos – The Bridge
David Eastman - Gamma Therapeutics
David Trueba – Evoqua Water Technologies
Devin Ajimine - University of Portland
Jeff Gaus - Oregon Blockchain Venture Studio
Jennifer Ferguson - Handful
Paul Nicey - Eaton Vance
Steve Buhaly - Steve Buhaly’s Money Tips
Tania Vu – OHSU
Taylor Gentry - Endeavour Capital
Yesenia Gallardo – Poda Foods
Zeke Camusio - Jungle Games

YEBW Shark Tank Judges

Camie Calderon - Classic Choice Payroll
Celeste Edman - Lunar Logic
Genevieve LeMarchal - Founders Pad and XXcelerate Fund
Mark Lieberman - OSU Advantage Accelerator
Scott Richmann - Farmers Insurance
Shawn Irvine - Independence, Oregon Stephen Green - WeWork and Backstage Capital
Theresa Jelderks - Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Speakers

Brant Boersma - Dutch Bros
Carl Hickerson - The Plunger Project and Trestle
Caroline Lewis - Rogue Venture Partners
Graciela Gomez Cowger - Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Jennifer Ferguson - Handful
Joe Prewett - Tillamook
Joey Jenkins - Optimal Impact Group
Katie Poppe - Blue Star Donuts
Kim Kanouse - Nike
Linda Jeo Zerba - Big Squirrel
Litzy Garcia - Daimler Trucks North America
Lynn Le - Society Nine
Michael Reed - Intel
Mitzi Montoya - Oregon State University
Naim Hasan - Naim Hasan Photography and Olympic Mindset
Noah Schultz - Perception: Prison to Purpose, Verbal Escape and Forgotten Culture Clothing
Randy Harrington - Strategic Arts and Sciences
Sadie Lincoln - Barre3
Steve Brown - The Bald Futurist
Steve Nakana - Port of Portland
Su Embree - DHM Research
Tahirah Memory - Tahirah Memory Music
Tobias Read - Oregon State Treasurer
Tommy Pham – Nike and Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute
Tyrone Poole - OneApp Oregon
Vail Horton - Keen Healthcare
Zeke Camusio - Jungle Games and Master Your Mind, Master Your Business

Now it’s time to impact the next generation!

Special thank you to all the students, parents, partners and volunteers who make Young Entrepreneurs Business Week a success. To support YEBW or get involved, please contact John Chang at john@yebw.org.