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Release: May 25, 2000

UI hosts entrepreneur camp for high school students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is hosting a summer program for high school students who could be the next generation of Iowa entrepreneurs.

During the camp July 17 to July 21, students will learn how to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, write business and feasibility plans, find financing for new ventures and how to use technology and e-commerce in a new business.

UI entrepreneurship faculty, experienced entrepreneurs and business experts will teach the daily sessions. Students will also be able to work on their business ideas with the assistance of entrepreneurial experts.

The camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the John Pappajohn Business Building and is open to area students who have completed ninth through 11th grades. There is no fee for the camp, which is made possible through a grant from the William Zimmerman Foundation, but students must provide their own transportation to and from the camp each day.

Students will also have the opportunity to compete for college scholarships and seed capital awards to start their new venture.

The program is sponsored by JPEC, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the UI. Applications for the camp are available from JPEC and are due by Monday, June 12. Seating is limited to 30 students.

For more information, contact David Hensley at (319) 335-0992 or