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YEA! Investor Panel


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Local students, ages 12-18, in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will present their business plans before a panel of local business leaders at the Investor Panel Event at Marymount University.

Each student business will have five minutes to pitch their business plans to the panel of investors. The panel will then ask each student three questions. Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives from investor companies will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement.

The participating investors will also select the one business group that will advance to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholars National College Scholarship competition, where they will compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships and the opportunity to present their business plan at the America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.

Meet the panelists

-Todd Ihrig, Financial Advisor, H.D. Vest Investment Services

-David Isaacson, CEO, Beach Geeks, Inc.

-Tina Leone, CEO, Ballston BID

-Paul Longsworth, Vice President, Fluor

-Karen Rosales, CEO, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

-R. Douglas Taylor, Jr., Esq., Bean, Kinney & Korman

-Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Dean, Marymount University


Registration closes at noon on April 12, 2018.

Be a Shark

We're raffling off a seat on the investor panel! For only $25 (for a chance to participate on an all-star Panel of Investors), you'll receive entry to the event and have your name included in the raffle drawing. Sign up by April 9 for a 1/100 chance to be an Arlington Shark.

Note: Raffle tickets cannot be purchased by relatives of students participating in the program or by business mentors. If the reserve of 20 tickets is not met by the drawing date of April 9, then funds in excess of the registration fee(s) are added to the funding pool to be divided among the YEA! students, as determined by the investor panelists.


Street parking available or hourly parking available at the Ballston Mall.

Marymount’s Ballston Center is located at the intersection of Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive, two blocks from Metro. Shuttle service is available to and from the Ballston-MU Metro station.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union

Beach Geeks, Inc

Fluor Corporation

Innovation Sponsor

Graham Holdings Company

University Partner

Marymount University

Reception Sponsor


Angel Investor

Monumental Food

Investor Panel Sponsors

Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C..

Todd Ihrig - H.D. Vest Investment Services

Scholarship Sponsors

Kiwanis Club of Arlington

Donna Rowe Hamaker

Startup Sponsor

Art of Problem Solving

Parking Sponsor

Holiday Inn Arlington At Ballston