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Release: July 9, 1999

UI hosts Youth Entrepreneur Camps July 12-23

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa is hosting the New Youth Entrepreneurship Camp July 12-23 for youth who want to learn about starting their own businesses.

The camp will be at the John Pappajohn Business Building from July 12-16 for Cedar Rapids area students and from July 19-23 for Iowa City area students. Some 50 students who have completed the fifth, sixth or seventh grades will participate in the camp from 8:30 a.m. to
3 p.m. each day.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to explore entrepreneurship. The camp is designed to teach youth the basic entrepreneurial skills and to help students develop a plan for starting their own business. The students will hear from successful entrepreneurs and learn how they can turn their ideas into businesses. They will also have a lot of fun during the camp," said David Hensley, associate director of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

The "user friendly" course materials are designed specifically for youth, and have eye-catching illustrations, contain examples to which young people can relate, and include activities to stimulate interest in the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Tours are also scheduled at local businesses including Torus Technologies, Candleworks, Iowa State Bank and Trust, Stroll-n-Go and Shakespeare Inc.'s candy factory in Fairfax.

Sponsored by the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the New Youth Entrepreneurship Camp is also supported through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

For more information, contact the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-1022.