Young Entrepreneurship Program


The Junior League of Tampa’s Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) presented by Valley National Bank Women Entrepreneurs aims to grow the potential, leadership, and influence of female business owners in our region. Launched in 2014, the program offers a unique and valuable opportunity for one selected female entrepreneur. The 2018 YEP Application is now closed.


This grant is open to women who meet the following qualifications:

  • 40 or under at the time of Holiday Gift Market 2018
  • Majority owners of their business
  • Sell a product which is a unique addition to the Holiday Gift Market selection
  • Have not participated in Holiday Gift Market previously
  • Are not current members of The Junior League of Tampa


The winner of the Young Entrepreneurship Program receives:

  • A premium booth at Holiday Gift Market ($1100+)
  • Spotlight signage during Holiday Gift Market
  • Special mention in the Holiday Gift Market Shopping Guide provided to the 20,000+ attendees
  • Local media promotion to enhance brand recognition around the Tampa Bay Area

Past Winners

Ethos Coffee Roasters

2017 – Lisbeth Pacheco, founder of Ethos Coffee Roasters

2016 – Janee’ Scarle, owner & designer of Old City Calligraphy

2015 – Jordan Windschauer, found & CEO of Base Culture

2014 – Kristen Ostow, owner of Southern Doe