Manhattan Beach teen entrepreneur Taylor Ryan will take the national stage on Saturday, October 17, as she competes to be named America's Next Top Young Entrepreneur.
Ryan, a freshman at Mira Costa High School, won the top prize
at this year's Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) competition in Manhattan Beach. Her company, Unstoppable Protective Gear, makes protective inserts for sports bras for contact sports like lacrosse.
Ryan's win earned her a spot at the YEA! 12th Annual
Saunders Scholars National Competition, where teens from around the country will vie for top honors.
YEA! National Competition
pitch competition will award over $80,000 in
cash prizes and college scholarships to the Saunders College of
Business at Rochester Institute of Technology to the students with the
best businesses in the U.S.
year, the competition features 36 semifinalists representing 35 middle and high schools from 20 states across the country. Students will compete virtually for 1st,
and 3rd place,
and for a People’s Choice Award.
will be live broadcast from Rochester, NY ABC-TV WHAM Channel 13 and
will be streamed live over the web on
YEA!’s YouTube channel
and on Facebook live
. Local viewers will be able to cast their
vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Viewers must register in advance at yeausa.org
to participate in the text-to-vote People’s Choice Award.
Ryan will be pitching via YouTube live on Panel 2,
scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. on West Coast time.
The national winner announcements will be made at 4:55 p.m. West Coast time.
Manhattan Beach YEA! Program Taking Applications
Ryan participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy's nine-month youth entrepreneurship
by and in partnership with the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(c) 3 offering
groundbreaking series of classes and workshops that teach middle and
high school students how to start and run their own businesses.
Throughout the program, students develop business ideas, write business
plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of
investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own fully formed
companies and social movements.
With the help of local entrepreneurs and business leaders, Ryan designed, pitched, and launched Unstoppable
Protective Gear, which is aimed at helping women play on the field without the fear of getting injured.
would not be where I am today in my business,” said Ryan.
The Manhattan Beach YEA! Class of 2021 is forming now. The deadline for applications is
Monday Oct. 19 at 12:00 p.m. Interviews will be conducted on Oct. 20 and
21 via Zoom, and the first day of class (via Zoom for now) is Wednesday
October 28 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For more information about the program and
to access an application for your student, click here.
National Competition Spotlights Youth Entrepreneurs
year’s Saunders Scholars National Competition is sponsored in part by
the E. Philip Saunders Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Saunders
College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
could not be more
proud of the work these
young people are doing and of our partners who are leading the charge
across the country delivering YEA!’s entrepreneurship
education,” said YEA! founder and CEO Gayle Jagel. "Our local Chambers
of Commerce, incubators, accelerators, universities, colleges and K-12
partners who come together through YEA! are igniting the sparks of
innovation in the entire community. Just imagine
what our world would look like if every student got the chance to bring
their ideas to life.”
in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman
Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2008,
the Saunders Foundation partnered with the academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise
among today's youth and tomorrow's future leaders. For more information, visit yeausa.org