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Release: April 25, 2000

UI hosts Youth Entrepreneur Camp

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is hosting the Youth Entrepreneur Camp this summer for youth who want to learn about starting their own businesses.

The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from June 19-23 for Cedar Rapids area students and from June 26-30 for Iowa City area students. Students who have completed the fourth, fifth or sixth grades may participate in the camp, which will be at the John Pappajohn Business Building.

"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," stated David Hensley, associate director of the UI 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.

During past camps young entrepreneurs have identified many different business ideas. For example, one student invented a combination soap/shampoo bar made primarily from soybean oil. Other ideas have included web site development for individuals and small businesses, custom-made fishing lures, woodworking kits for home assembly, and a youth employment agency. Students interested in pursuing their dreams are encouraged to apply, Hensley said.

Registration for the camp continues through May 12. Cost is $69, which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites, class materials, snacks and lunches. Bus transportation to and from the camp for the Cedar Rapids week is provided. Tuition scholarships are available for those in need.

To obtain registration materials or for more information, call the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-1022.