"One of America's Most Successful Communities for Business Professionals"

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During this past year, I connected with a YEC member in Los Angeles who I ended up starting a new arm of my business with.

Jake-Nickell Jake Nickell
Founder and CEO, Threadless

YEC has become the foundation of my entrepreneurial life. I can't go to sleep without checking how I can give and receive help.

shradha-agarwal-2 Shradha Agarwal
Co-Founder, Contextmedia

YEC has been an invaluable resource for PR opportunities. Some startups pay tens of thousands of dollars for this kind of exposure.

Ryan-Holmes-2 Ryan Holmes
CEO, Hootsuite

The founding team behind YEC has been recognized by media outlets worldwide.

...on a mission to take community management to the next level-- and are proving that their concierge-level approach could mean the end for old-school professional organizations.

...cult legends in the community building world

...most influential superconnectors impacting industries worldwide.

...the top superconnectors in business

Exclusive YEC Benefits


Personal Brand Building & Media Exposure

YEC offers a comprehensive set of branding opportunities to establish members as industry thought leaders. Our in-house editorial team guides members through a professional editing process to help them craft expert business content for our trusted media network. We also have exclusive offers from trusted partners on services like reputation management, content marketing and corporate photography.


Knowledge Share & Networking

Get peer insight and advice anytime through our highly engaged, 24/7 online support forums. Connect with your peers to share expertise, learn from each other and solve business challenges in a private setting. With the help of our team and tools, you get the answers you need when you need them.


Dedicated Concierge Team

When you become a member of YEC, we want you to think of our team as an extension of your own. From personal introductions to peers to curated-resource connections, our concierge team is committed to serving your every business need and challenge.


Volume Discounts On Business Services

YEC vets hundreds of business service providers to save members time and money. Through our network of trusted vendors, members receive volume discounts and exclusive rates on health insurance, marketing tools, back-office services and more.


Professional Development

YEC members can get insight and advice on their biggest challenges anytime through our highly engaged 24/7 online support forums. In addition, they can ask our dedicated concierge team to help them find like-minded contacts when they’re traveling.


Travel Benefits & Workspace Network

Members receive access to YEC Travel — our internal travel agency that provides concierge-level service and steep discounts on airfare and hotels — as well as YEC Workspace, our national network of top-tier, discounted co-working spaces and conference rooms.


Members-Only Tools

Your members-only web and mobile dashboards will help you stay connected to the community and our team, enable you to request introductions to fellow members and provide you with on-demand access to all of your YEC benefits.


Invitation-Only Events & VIP Experiences

YEC members attend invitation-only events curated to maximize in-person connections and enjoy access to top conferences at a discounted rate. Custom VIP experiences are also available, including private wine tastings, bespoke golf and yacht adventures, and access to private golf courses across the U.S.

YEC is unlike any other organization. It connects people, platforms, and opportunities in a way where you get the highest ROI on your time.

shama_hyder_headshot Shama Hyder
CEO, The Marketing Zen Group

YEC helped me publish an article in The Washington Post. Simply amazing!

Dan-Kim-Red-Mango Dan Kim
Founder, Red Mango

YEC has cultivated the most high impact group of young entrepreneurs on the planet. I am still trying to figure out how they let me in.

jeremy-johnson-2 Jeremy Johnson
Co-Founder, 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU)

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YEC Is A Highly Selective,
Quality-Over-Quantity Organization.

Founders & Business Owners

In order to qualify for YEC membership, the candidate must be an entrepreneur (under 40 at the time of application) on the founding team of an existing business venture - or past business venture that they have successfully exited from.

High growth businesses

We look for businesses with accelerating revenue models and a plan for sustainability or a profitable exit. The typical YEC candidate has either a minimum of $1M annual revenue and/or has secured a minimum of $1M in financing for their current venture(s).

Awards & Recognition

​We look for founders whose success in a given industry has been recognized by reputable organizations (e.g., Inc. 30 Under 30, Forbes 30 Under 30, Crains 40 Under 40, Business Journals 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur 30 Under 30, et al.).

Community Impact

We want our members to be as passionate about giving back to the entrepreneurship ecosystem as we are. We seek out members who have exemplified true leadership in the startup community by giving back through volunteering, investing, donating and mentoring.

Do you qualify?

Before we can connect you with a member of our team to further discuss YEC, we must verify that you fit the following criteria:

  • Be 40 or younger
  • Be founder, or co-founder, owner or co-owner your business
  • generate a minimum of $1M in revenue, or...
  • have a minimum of $1M in financing
  • own a business with headquarters or an office located in North America
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YEC was Created by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs. This Is Our Story…

Today, Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist, author (Never Get a “Real” Job) and TV commentator.

But early in his entrepreneurial career, as a college student, he found himself making “every possible mistake one could make as a rookie entrepreneur” – which led to the failure of his first business.

At that moment, he made a promise to himself: if he ever succeeded in the future, he would work to ensure that no young entrepreneur ever felt alone or struggled without the proper resources again.

Gerber knew he needed candid advice and support from his fellow Gen Y entrepreneurs who’d been there, done that.

Nearly a decade later, with several successful businesses in tow, he realized his vision with the first version of YEC: an informal brain trust of like-minded peers who wanted to help each other’s businesses grow, while also supporting the millions of aspiring young entrepreneurs just getting started.

“We want to assemble the best of the best.”

From the start, the YEC was an invitation-only forum to exchange ideas and resources, make high-value connections and provide needed mentorship.

When Gerber met Ryan Paugh — Brazen Careerist co-founder and “something of a cult legend in the online community-building world” — they began building out the YEC community on a larger scale.

A few short years later, “the most elite entrepreneurship organization in America” — to date, the invite-only organization has accepted less than 10 percent of the over 14,000 applications — is helping disrupt business mentorship and the professional business organization model as we know it.

Paying it forward while supporting each other’s growth is integral to YEC’s mission to empower young entrepreneurs, who, across the board, believe that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive — nor should they be.

To that end, the YEC has led various public campaigns to improve access to and policy around entrepreneurship, from the FixYoungAmerica grassroots campaign to the Youth Entrepreneurship Act and, more recently, the launch of BusinessCollective, a virtual mentorship program (in partnership with Citi) that helps millions of aspiring and current entrepreneurs launch and grow new businesses. YEC also launched the MentorshipNetwork so members can give back by working with top organizations, like Junior Achievement, that support the next generation of business leaders.

“Everything we do at the YEC is meant to fulfill a social need and promote free enterprise at the same time, while also curating meaningful connections among our generation’s most successful entrepreneurs,” says Gerber.

“If we can create a series of mentorship programs for aspiring entrepreneurs, and unprecedented access to high-level resources and connections for our elite members at the same time, then we’ve achieved something very powerful.”

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The team behind YEC has been featured in hundreds of publications for their community management expertise.


YEC is an amazing resource and an extraordinary community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and thinkers.

Tina Wells - Buzz Marketing Group - YEC Tina Wells

YEC is hands down the best resource I've come across for entrepreneurs. I am so blown away by the value they offer for the very small price of entry, and am constantly referring my friends.

Andrea-Lake Andrea Lake
Founder & CEO, YogaJunkie

Since I've been in the YEC, I've actually sold two of my companies to fellow YEC members.

Travis Steffen Travis Steffan
Co-Founder, MentorMojo