Product Prototypes


  • Mr Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.
  • Mrs. Zia Mody, Founding Partner, AZB Legal
  • Mr. Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG
  • Mr. Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, FreeCharge
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Founder UTV Group
  • Ms. Radhika Aggarwal, Founder Shopclues
  • Mr. Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood Producer & Director
  • Mr. P.S. Jayakumar, CEO, Bank of Baroda
  • Mr. Sahil Barua, CEO, Delhivery
  • Mr. Craig Johnson, Head of School, American School of Bombay
  • Mr. Deep Kalra Founder & CEO, MakeMyTrip
  • Mr. Sunil Munjal Chairman, Hero Corporate Servic
  • Mrs. Sara Pilot Founder, NGO CEQUIN
  • Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Co-Founder, Info Edge India Ltd.
  • Mr. Mukesh Bansal Founder, Myntra
  • And many more...!


  • Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Roopa Nath, Angel Investor
  • Mr. Sean Sovak, Co-Founder, Lighthouse Advisors
  • Mr. Pravin Gandhi, Partner, Seedfund
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Noshir Kaka, Managing Director, Mckinsey India
  • Mr. Sandeep Murthy, Partner, Lightbox Ventures
  • Mrs. Aditi Kothari Desai, Head of Sales & Marketing, DSP BlackRock
  • Mr. Samonnoi Bannerjee, Managing Director, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Sanjay Nath, Partner, Bloom Ventures
  • Mr. Kapil Bharati, CTO, Delhivery
  • Ms. Tanvi Dubey, India - Lead, YourStory Media

Host Schools

  • American School of Bombay
  • The Cathedral School, Mumbai
  • Oberoi International School, Mumbai
  • Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • The Shri Ram School – Moulsari, Gurugram
  • American Embassy School, New Delhi
  • Canadian International School, Bangalore
  • Neev Academy, Bangalore
  • Glendale Academy, Hyderabad
  • Symbiosis International School, Pune
  • American International School, Chennai
  • The Riverside School, Ahmedabad

Field Trips & Mentors

Students were taken behind the scenes, fun field trips to India's most successful businesses.

  • AZA store, Mumbai
  • BIBA store, Gurgaon
  • Restaurant 145, Mumbai
  • Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Bank of Baroda, Mumbai
  • Big Bazaar, Mumbai
  • Co- working space - Ministry of New, Mumbai
  • 42mm, Design firm, Gurgaon
  • Restaurant ‘Social’, Mumbai
  • NGO Sols ARC, Mumbai
  • FILA, Mumbai
  • GMR International Airport, Hyderabad
  • Cloudnine Hospital, Bangalore
  • TeamIndus Moon Mission, Bangalore
  • Gozoop, Mumbai
  • Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad

YEA Team

Priyanka Joshi, Mumbai Teacher & Advisor

Originally from the US, Priyanka is an Associate Vice President at the start-up Antfarm business incubator Pvt Ltd. She's had roles across business development, marketing, PR, and has been instrumental in business strategy and expansion. She's previously worked with Accenture, Sony Pictures, and The Times Group.

Manoj Kulkarni, Mumbai Teacher

A pharmacist with post graduate in management, was associated with multi-national and large Indian pharmaceutical companies heading marketing and sales and with world's leading advertising agencies. Bitten by the bug of being an entrepreneur, Manoj runs his own talent acquisition company - Shodh along with his social media marketing venture and sports tourism firm.

Garima Jindal, Mumbai Teacher

Garima is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. She has strong corporate experience in banking with Citibank and Kotak Mahindra bank prior to her teaching career. She is currently teaching Economics and Accounts.

Vasu Raghavachari, Mumbai Teacher

Vasu has been an entrepreneur in the media & real estate space. His current venture is in the automotive apparel sector. In addition he guides various startups with their marketing and sales strategies. Vasu is a post graduate from ISB, Hyderabad.

Sarthak Agarwal, Mumbai Teacher

Sarthak has entrepreneurial experience in three businesses - Direct Selling, Manufacturing, and Education. Through his last endeavor, B'Brainiac, he developed an ecosystem that helps children discover their natural talent and hone their cognitive abilities in their rudimentary years. Sarthak has completed his graduation in Statistics from St.Xavier's, Mumbai.

Anand Agarwal, Mumbai Teacher

Troubled by increasing lifestyle disease cases in the country which were linked to inappropriate eating habits, Anand embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with a vision to improve the health quotient of our country. The facts he discovered along the way led him to found a healthy & honest consumer food brand called ‘By Nature’. Prior to this, he has managed an e-commerce venture dealing with organic food. Anand has also been a successful technologist and is an alumni of IIT BHU and ISB, Hyd.

Meenal Chaturvedi, Delhi Teacher

Meenal works with the Indian Angel Network. Her role at IAN has brought her in close proximity with the dynamic & exciting world of start-ups. Her previous stint in the corporate sector was with ICICI Securities, Mumbai where she managed projects in marketing, branding & online product management. Meenal is an alumnus of Gargi College, Delhi University where she pursued microbiology (Hons.) & an MBA in Marketing from IMT, Dubai.

Aditi Agrawal, Delhi Teacher

Aditi currently works as a Consultant with the United Nations. She holds an MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has extensive international experience in the areas of Human Resources, Change Management and Project Implementation in the development sector as well as private organisations. She also holds an MBA in Marketing/HR and a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Commerce.

Shrey Mishra, Delhi Teacher

An Engineer by education, a Digital marketeer and Gamer by passion, Shrey started off Gaming Central in 2014 today it is India's most popular and social gaming community committed to promote gaming as a positive sport and lifestyle in India. Shrey is also a keen explorer of tech and deliver innovative and interactive brand solutions with Gamification, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality their parent company GC Interactive.

Deeraj Shetty, Bangalore Teacher

Deeraj is an entrepreneur who has founded a wealth management company - Ethos Wealth Management in Bangalore. He has completed a double major in Finance & International Business from The Florida State University after which he worked in the US for 5 years. He has an MBA in Advanced Corporate Finance & Banking Management from S.P. Jain followed by stints at Citi Bank - NRI Wealth Management (Singapore) & United Bank of Switzerland (UBS).Having spent 28 years studying and working in Bahrain, Dubai, United States and Singapore, Deeraj has seamlessly integrated these cross border influences in his entrepreneurial venture.

Shwetha C K, Bangalore Teacher

Shwetha is an alumni of BMS College, Bangalore. She is an MBA and a Graduate in B.E. Computer science from SJBIT.She later worked as a Human Resource Professional (Talent Engagement) in an Indian MNC for 3.4 years. She took a break to become a writer and photographer. Her Coffee Table Book, Himalayas through Soulful Frames is currently available on Amazon India and a few cafes in Bangalore.She has taken up individual assignment for various start-ups.

Christie Edappillikulangara Reji, Hyderabad Teacher

In the past few years, Christie had founded 2 companies. His newest enterprise is Permasol Software - a company that provides performance management solutions for the construction and infrastructure industry. Before his entrepreneurial streak he worked for the Department of Defense, USA and companies such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Tesla.In addition, he has mentored student teams for corporate innovation at multiple business schools in Silicon Valley and, startups at StartupWeekend in San Francisco".

Namratha Mongam, Hyderabad Teacher

Marketing head, Partner at Permasol Software pvt. Ltd & Unistar Global Pvt. Ltd. Based out of Hyderabad, Namratha has been a part of several startups. She believes in communication being the key to success. Her company builds softwares for other businesses to effectively manage their workforce and increase productivity.

Hitendra Singh, Pune Teacher

Hitendra has 15 years of post IIM-Ahmedabad experience and currently divides his time between running the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at a Pune-based policy think-tank and doing preparatory work for his next entrepreneurial venture. His prior work experience includes being a Fund Manager working out of London & a turnaround CXO working out of Dubai.

Pooja Walia Garde, Pune Teacher

An HR professional for the last 14 years in the IT industry with specialization in Talent Acquisition. Visiting different colleges and interacting with the fresh talent & recruiting them every year has been the most amazing part of her journey in the corporate world. As a leader, she has mentored and coached many to be successful professionals across industry. She has done her MBA from ICFAI Business School.

Rasika Ramesh, Chennai Teacher

Rasika is a Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing at Shilpa Architects Planners & Designers. As a passionate environmentalist, she is the Program Catalyst at the Reciprocity Foundation, where she spearheads programs relating to Smart City Initiatives and projects to create awareness about Sustainable living. She was previously the Global Marketing and Technology Delivery Manager at Deloitte Consulting’s practice based in Detroit - Michigan, USA. She obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and has a BBA from the Madras University.

Shyamala Swaminathan, Chennai Teacher

A computer graphic animator by training , Shyamala switched to marketing, her first entrepreneurial outing. She built, trained & led marketing teams globally in about 7 countries (mostly South-East Asian & African), for about 10 years. Currently she runs her own event management company The Bo Tree.

Tushar Nene, Ahmedabad Teacher

Tushar is an Engineer from IIT Kanpur. He has been an entrepreneur running a packaged drinking water company. He has worked for companies such as Mind Axis India Solutions, NIIT and Microsoft over a career spanning 18 years. He is currently working in the education sector.

Sneha Shah, Ahmedabad Teacher

Experienced Investment Advisor with an experience of 15 years in this Industry and specializes in Mutual Funds. She is an AMFI Certified Advisor. She has done her MBA, PGDBM from SCMHRD (Symbiosis)

Susan Naikwadi, National Program Manager

Global Partners

The Academy was launched with the support the Kauffman Foundation in 2004 at the University of Rochester and is proud to have the support of one of the greatest voices and advocates of the importance of entrepreneurship in America.

Sam's Club®, a division of WalMart Stores, Inc. is a proud 2015 national supporter to help fuel and expand YEA! programs in communities across America, as well as support and enhance the experience for students in existing classes through sponsorship funding and startup funds available through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce® Foundation.

Championing an exclusive scholarship competition for YEA! students, the E. Philip Saunders Foundation has become a generous national partner to afford local students the opportunity to receive a top notch education at an affordable price and continue to develop their passions.