Selling Bee voting, CYE recap, upcoming ecosystem events and programs, and a resource for entrepreneurs


Watch the Top 40 Selling Bee pitches and vote for your favorites once daily through Sunday, April 23 – one vote, per video, per day.
– Share on social media using #SellingBeeCLE.
10 Northeast Ohio students will win! Your vote will determine one K-4 winner and one 5-8 winner.

Prizes include Cleveland Indians tickets, Microsoft Store gift card, cash and more!

Click here to vote


Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship at University School was Wednesday, April 12. The 9th annual event featured Jon Kaplan, Head of Global Sales at Pinterst, formerly Vice President of US Sales at Google. Prior to the evening keynote, Jon spoke to over 800 students from 17 Northeast Ohio schools. Over 300 people attended the evening keynote and Young Entrepreneur Market, where nearly 50 students sold their creations to attendees. Click here to view more photos from the event.


Join us for this one-of-a-kind, LIVE auction to benefit LEAF!

Thursday, May 4 at 5:30pm
Great Lakes Mall stage (in front of Macy’s)

Local artists and area high school students have created unique works of art on umbrellas. These umbrellas will ben auctioned to the highest bidder. Support local students from Lake and Geauga counties.

Click here for more information.


Micro Startups is website is dedicated to supporting and spreading the word of micro businesses of all shapes and sizes. The website features content about start up challenges, supporting community projects and sharing inspirational entrepreneurial stories. Click here to read: Early Bird Entrepreneurs: How to Start an Online Store at 16 by Micro Startups contributor Kayleigh Alexandra.


The Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO) Youth Innovation Forum (YIF) is an 8-week urban program for boys and girls between the ages of 10-19. The program teaches critical thinking, problem identification, and problem solving skills – teaching students to design product concepts. CAAO teaches students the entrepreneurial mindset. Over the last 11 years, 100% of students who stay in the program for more than two years have graduated from high school and 100% have graduated from a university or college.

On Saturday, August 12 and Saturday, August 18 (if necessary) CAAO will host orientation classes for the YIF. The orientation classes will be located at the CAAO office at 2930 Prospect Ave, second floor, Cleveland, OH 44115. To RSVP or learn more contact William Holdipp Jr., Executive Director of CAAO, at or 216-299-8879.

Curious about Young Entrepreneur Institute’s history?

Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI) was founded by Greg Malkin in 2005 and launched its initial activities at University School in 2006. With the generous support of University School, community foundations and organizations, Young Entrepreneur Institute expanded beyond University School in 2008 and now has partnerships with many teachers, schools and organizations throughout the region. Most importantly, Young Entrepreneur Institute provides thousands of children with access to entrepreneurial education and experience.

Our vision: At Young Entrepreneur Institute, we believe that every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship. When children learn the tangible and intangible lessons of entrepreneurship early in life, they can see how the real world works. And by experiencing these universal lessons — such as perseverance, hard work, self-confidence, financial literacy, and problem solving – students are more prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to do. Our vision is to see that these lessons are instilled in as many students as possible.

Contact Greg Malkin at with inquiries or consulting requests.