All young people deserve the chance to create the future they want.

We help young people start and operate businesses as a way to guide them toward their own path to success after high school. When young people run businesses of their own creation, they bloom with newfound confidence. They discover talents which were once hidden. They think of themselves as "owners" and "presidents." Young people who become young entrepreneurs realize the value of creating (rather than waiting) for opportunities. Join us to help our neighborhoods' middle and high school youth dream big.


Meet our young entrepreneurs

Youth - as young as 11 years old – learn to start and grow businesses, inspiring parents, educators and other peers during their entrepreneurial journey.


In The Media

In The Media

Young Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitch

June 12, 2015

Entrepreneuring Youth Executive Director Jerry Cozewith said he is continually impressed with all the program participants—seeing them go from quiet and inarticulate to assured and able to say who they are, what they are about and why you should invest in them is priceless.


Brownsville Students Win Big in Entrepreneurship Contest

June 7, 2015

Students from Brownsville Area High School took home a collective $5,500 after sweeping two divisions of a business pitch competition in Pittsburgh.


Young Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs show their stuff in contest

June 5, 2015

The annual competition participants are drawn from Entrepreneuring Youth's classes and after-school programs, which are open to middle and high school students at six partnering schools and community centers.


Students present business ideas, feel entrepreneurial spirit

May 2, 2015

Eight student groups from the various schools were given two minutes to pitch a business idea to a panel of three judges — an event that mirrored the popular ABC show, “Shark Tank.”


Fayette County students' pitches all business

May 2, 2015

Budding entrepreneurs from five Fayette County high schools recently exhibited a passion for operating their own business when they pitched their ideas for the companies they have created, or want to create, in an effort to convince a panel of judges in a competition that their concept was worthy of a cash prize.

Youth competition at Google creating Black entrepreneurs

April 30, 2015

Entrepreneuring Youth has helped hundreds of youth ages 11-18 over the years by guiding and molding them into thinking and acting like entrepreneurs.

iPitch event is field of dreams for business-minded youth
Saturday, March 28, 2015

On March 28, local middle and high school students competed in an event to throw their best pitches – but not with baseballs and softballs, and there was no field. These young business leaders met at Google Headquarters in Bakery Square and presented their hopes and dreams to a panel of 11 business leaders.

Thrival Festival to showcase Pittsburgh's music, tech scenes
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Pass through East Liberty and Larimer this week, and you might hear some music and see some gadgets made right here in Pittsburgh.

Cousins win third place at Entrepreneuring Youth's business expo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Taja Finley awarded Ron Morris E-Ward at Entrepreneuring Youth's
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

High Schoolers Headed to Entrepreneurship Challenge
June 6, 2014

Two high school students who turned after-school hobbies into cash-generating businesses are gearing up for a trip to pitch their businesses to some of Silicon Valley’s top investors.

Elizabeth Gingrich: Entrepreneuring Youth Amazing Educator 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014

Teens step up to promote businesses at iPitch Competition
March 15, 2014

Anyone who knew 10th-grader Shane Jones two years ago would have hardly recognized the 16-year-
old on Saturday as he confidently introduced himself as owner of Shane's Bakery Service.

Duquesne University's Day of In/node/153novation Teaches Business Skills to Low-Income Students
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

At barely 10 years of age, Tynaria Ruff already is the CEO and founder of a burgeoning party-planning business.

New Pittsburgh Courier - Youth Entrepreneurs Saluted at Regional Business Competition
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:30am

The recent Young Entrepreneur Business Expo provided the young entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell, promote their services, and showcase their business.

Pgh Business Times - Enterprising Youth Pitch Business Ideas
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:30am

Budding high school business owners delivered their best pitches at Entrepreneuring Youth's second Young Entrepreneur Business Expo.

Pop City Media - Start up? Start Young. Entrepreneuring Youth Shows the Way
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:30am

Jerry Cozewith stands in front of the panel of five judges and prepares them to see one of their first contestants, Shane J. "He started in the seventh grade," Cozewith says.

Keystone Edge - Pittsburgh Girl's Jewelry Making Business Earns Entrepreneurial Kudos
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:30am

Want to get kids to spend more time at school? Help them start their own business. Things seemed to work out well for Nariah White, a 14 year-old who spent nearly every Saturday during the last two school years and four hours a day, five days a week during the summer at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh learning to build her own jewelry business.

Urban Pathways Charter School Students Get Real-Business Insights
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 2:30pm

The Post-Gazette took some time to visit students at the Urban Pathways Charters School who take part in the Entrepreneuring Youth Pathways program. Visitors included the Entrepreneuring Youth Board Chairman and Chairman of the Board of the Fragasso Financial Advisors, Bob Fragasso.

Our Young Entrepreneurs from Manchester Academic Charter School In Post-Gazette!
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:15am

Read about our AMAZING Entrepreneurs in the July 20th Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Courier highlights some of our Students from the George Tippins Competition
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:15am

Thanks to Pittsburgh Courier writer for a wonderful summary of the competition and winners.

Entrepreneuring Youth on KDKA-TV News
Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 9:15am

Entrepreneuring Youth was featured on KDKA-TV on June 3, 2011

Entrepreneuring Youth to Host High School Students from Turkey
Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:30am

A group of five female high school students from Turkey will be visiting Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 19, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. at the Rivers Club in the Grant Room. These students, who are studying Attire Production Technology/Design of Women's Wear at a girls’ technical vocational school in a less developed region in Istanbul, are the winners of Junior Achievement in Turkey’s Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship (YIEP) Program.

McKeesport Student to Compete at the 2010 OppenheimerFunds/NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 9:30am

Before Keena Simmons of McKeesport Area High School graduates from high school, she could be well on her way to becoming an entrepreneur with an innovative product: one that helps people who are color blind color-coordinate their clothes. Simmons was among 31 national finalists competing in the OppenheimerFunds/NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by Kathryn W. Davis, in New York City on Tuesday, October 5th.

McKeesport Area High School Students Win George W. Tippins Annual Business Plan Competition
Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:45am

Can you imagine getting dressed in the dark every day? How would you look? How would others perceive you? How self conscious would feel? With over 10,000,000 Americans suffering from colorblindness getting dressed in the dark is a reality.

EntrepreneuringYouth honors Dr. King’s teaching
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 12:00pm

In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., EntrepreneuringYouth sponsored a program Jan. 18, to help young people learn how to build economic strength for their families and community at the Pittsburgh Technology Council Offices.

Get Fired Up! E-Youth Teaches Life Skills through Entrepreneurship Education
Monday, October 26, 2009 - 12:00pm

Did you know that the word “entrepreneur” is actually a verb meaning “a series of actions deliberately taken to get oneself into or out of something?”

In this context, “to entrepreneur” was the perfect idea for Jerry Cozewith and Cathy Blanchard as they set out to form a new charitable business focused on expanding youth entrepreneurship education in lower income areas of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

Teens turn their talents into business opportunities
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 5:00pm

Teaching entrepreneurial skills to young people is the "smartest anti-poverty strategy America has," said Jerry Cozewith, executive director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Greater Pittsburgh Office.

The organization provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities, and recently sponsored a youth business plan competition.

Pittsburgh-area teens compete in business plan competition
Friday, May 29, 2009 - 1:00pm

Lindsay Lowicki, 16, has been baking for the past 10 years. Her friends and family love her strawberry cupcakes so much, Lindsay thinks she has a shot at creating a successful bakery business some day.

As founder of Lexy’s Cakes, Lowicki has identified her consumer profile, scoped out competitors, determined the cost of materials and created monthly sales projections.


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