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 2019.
Each year, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week aims to educate and inspire more students...
Roughly 479 students participated at YEBW 2019.
Since 2006, YEBW has served more than 3,000 high school students across Oregon and beyond.
Student Enrollment by Year
At YEBW, we help students explore business leadership and discover possible career paths or college majors, while building professional confidence and connections...
At Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, we cover more than just business fundamentals... During each program, YEBW incorporates inspiring business seminars, interactive learning exercises, team building exercises and other events designed for personal and professional growth.
new and returning students
Business Week is intended for new students; while elevated programs are for returning alumni.
74 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 or Entrepreneur Week.
Across all programs, core themes include: Leadership, Communication, Networking, Ethics and Collaboration.
2019 Student Enrollment % by Program
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: Oregon State University, OSU-Cascades, University of Portland and University of Oregon.
Students qualify for college credit at Oregon State University regardless of which university they attend.
2019 Student Enrollment % by Campus
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.
Student outreach in Oregon is one of YEBW’s major initiatives. We intend to serve students in all 36 counties.
Between 2012 and 2019, YEBW reached students in 4 continents, 4 countries, 22 states and 35 counties across Oregon. Gilliam is the only county yet to be served.
In 2019 alone, 26 Oregon counties were represented at YEBW. Roughly 90 percent of students are from Oregon, whereas 10 percent are based out of state.
Additional states represented include: Washington, Alaska, California, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, Maryland and New York.
Students by Region %
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 %
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. Among YEBW 2019 Alumni:
- 31 percent are first-generation college students.
- The majority are sophomores (26.8 percent) or juniors (32.8 percent).
- 141 high schools engaged students in YEBW programming.
- 79.6 percent come from public schools, 19 percent from private schools and .4 percent are home schooled.
- The average GPA is 3.5.
Grade Level %
Almost half of all YEBW students received scholarships or financial aid in 2019.
With more support, YEBW will be able to serve more students with scholarships in 2020. 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.
In 2019, more than 199 companies or organizations supported YEBW as partners; almost 50 include sponsors that contribute financially—in the form of nonprofit funding, student scholarships or product donations. A number of scholarships were also contributed by individual donors.
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Oregon State University (OSU)
University of Oregon (UO)
University of Portland (UP)
In-Kind Donor Partners
A to Z Wineworks
CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION SPONSORSHIPS
AT&T - Oregon
A and R Solar PC
Black United Fund
Business Network International (BNI)
Epping Family Foundation
eWomen Network Foundation
Freres Lumber Company
Ford Family Foundation
Geffen Mesher & Co
Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid (OASFAA)
Oregon Bankers Association (OBA)
Oregon Business & Industry (OBI)
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
Pacific Power Foundation
Pacific Seafood Group
Portland General Electric (PGE)
PGE Employee Giving Campaign
Strada Education Network
The Pape Group
The Renaissance Foundation
Tykeson Family Charitable Trust
Watt Brothers Scholars Trust
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 2019, more than 159 companies or organizations engaged volunteers at YEBW. Roughly 305 total volunteers dedicated their time and talent to help students succeed this summer; 253 are from the business community—not college-bound Interns. Volunteers logged more than 50,000 total hours.
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 Mark Takehara at firstname.lastname@example.org.