Our Mission is to inspire youth to create their future through entrepreneurship.

We believe that everyone has the capacity to create their futures, regardless of past decisions or current circumstances. Youth are inspired to create and achieve their goals as they design and start a business. We create an opportunity for all youth to take control of their lives by gaining entrepreneurial skills and professional connections. Along with the entrepreneurial skill set, participants become leaders through the development of character traits and valuable life skills.


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Travis Lish


Travis joined The Startup Academy after receiving his MPA degree from Brigham Young University in 2017. He believes that everyone has the capacity to create something that can make the world a better place.

Andrea Boshard


Andrea joined The Startup Academy in 2017. She is a Registered Nurse and was the Pre-op Supervisor at Central Utah Surgical Center for the previous 20 years. She is the mother of 5 children and grandmother to 14. She loves teens and wants them to be inspired to fulfill their potential.



J.P. Lilly

Vice President

J.P. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the Utah Valley. J.P. has always sought to help those in need. In 1995 He started Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) to help children in need.  He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. J.P. received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters of Science from Brigham Young University in 1985.

Zach Chipman


Zach Chipman is an entrepreneur at heart.  In 2011, He and His wife Haley started Bella Lash. Since then, Bella Lash has grown into one of the largest eyelash companies in the United States. Zach wants all teens to have an opportunity to chase their dreams and build a business. Zach graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering.

Jared Lish


Jared has an extensive background in accounting and finance having held various positions in both public accounting and in the private startup sector. He is also passionate about community service and is proud to be a part of The Startup Academy team. Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
The Startup Academy is an official 501(C)(3) nonprofit, as stated by the IRS.
All donations are eligible for tax deductions and support the cause of teen entrepreneurship.