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JOIN US! Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on YouthBiz Stars

Thursday, September 22, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

2015 Presenting Sponsor

2016 Presenting Sponsor

Evening’s Agenda
5:30 p.m. – Reception & young entrepreneurs’ business showcase
6:30 p.m. – Dinner and welcome, with video highlights of Young Americans’ programs
8:00 p.m. – Dessert & entrepreneurship award ceremony featuring CYE mentors

Business attire requested.

Youth that are looking for more information about appling for the business competition should click here.

Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to participate as a sponsor for the Celebration of Young Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to raise $300,000 for Young Americans Center’s financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs. Click here to view our sponsorship opportunities. Or, you can purchase tickets and table sponsorships here.

To reserve your sponsorship or for additional information, please contact Betsy Sklar at 303-320-3245 or or Jody Phillips at 303-320-3240 or

2016 CYE Presenting Mentors
Award Ceremony
The signature portion of the evening is the award ceremony which is the culmination of Colorado’s premier business competition for young entrepreneurs, ages 6-21. This is not a competition for business plans, but for real businesses owned and operated by our future business leaders. Young Americans will recognize both a winner and two finalists in three age categories (6-11, 12-15, and 16-21).

What makes this event extra special is the participation of three mentors, all prestigious leaders from the Colorado business community, who honor a winner and work with their mentee in an advisory role for the upcoming year. A special thanks to our 2016 CYE Mentors:

2015 Event In Review

cye 2The 14th annual fundraiser benefiting Young Americans Center for Financial Education was held at the DCPA on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees who helped recognize the outstanding young entrepreneur winners and finalists. Together we raised $218,000 to fund the youth financial literacy programs of the Young Americans Center for Financial Education.

Past CYE Mentors

Young Americans is honored to have the support of many esteemed leaders of the business community who recognize and encourage the next generation of business owners in Colorado through this event. CYE Mentors include:

  • Kent Thiry, DaVitacye 3
  • John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor
  • Colleen Abdoulah, WOW
  • Mimi Roberson, Presbyterian St. Lukes
  • Katherine Ott, SlimGenics
  • Curt Richardson, OtterBox
  • John Malone, Liberty Media
  • Justin Gold, Justin’s Nut Butter
  • Linda Enstrom, Enstrom’s Candy

Make plans to join us for this beloved event which highlights the important work Young Americans is doing to bring financial literacy education and experiential entrepreneur learning opportunities to nearly 60,000 youth every year.

Stars Business Competition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Pinnacle Benefactors

Camp Bow Wow
Daniels Fund
Skate City
Xcel Energy

Mezzanine Partners


Alpine Bank

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Cambiar Investors

CoBiz Financial

Lazarus Investment Partners, LLLP

Linda and Don Childears

Colorado Lending Source

First National Denver

Janus Capital Group


The Thiry O’Leary Foundation

David and Pam Wolf

Foundation Circle Members

American Furniture Warehouse


Bank of Colorado

Bank of the West

BKD CPAs and Advisors

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Bryan Cave HRO

Bow River Capital Partners

Colorado Community College System Foundation


Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Eide Bailly

Essential Investment Partners, LLC

FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado

GE Johnson Construction Company

Haynes Mechanical Systems

Koelbel & Company

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s

Scott and Christine Simon

Vectra Bank Colorado

Xcel Energy