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Release: June 22, 2001

Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center offers many summer programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa is hosting Youth Entrepreneur Camp 2001 for area fourth through sixth graders who have an interest in starting their own business.

The camp, which runs Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, is one of three events the Center is hosting this summer. The Center is also offering an entrepreneurial teacher training session and a high school student entrepreneurial camp.

The youth camp will guide the 38 students to work in teams to learn to identify and investigate business opportunities, apply for a mock loan and learn how to turn a business plan into reality by starting a business. The camp will include presentations by successful entrepreneurs, visits to and tours of area businesses and an entrepreneurship scavenger hunt. The camp will conclude with team business plan presentations and a graduation ceremony.

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area high school teachers will attend a two-day training course on teaching entrepreneurship being held at the center Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26. This two-day training seminar is part of a summer-long series of sessions in entrepreneurship training the Center is offering around the state. Training sessions have already been completed in Storm Lake and Council Bluffs; additional training sessions will be held in Des Moines and Cedar Falls in August. Through this program, the Entrepreneurial Center hopes to enhance Iowa high school teachers' efforts to provide thousands of Iowa high school students with entrepreneurship education over the next two years. In addition to the training, teachers and their students will also receive access to specialized entrepreneurship curriculum and utilize an Internet-based educational and business planning program.

High school students will also have a chance this summer to try their hands at starting a business. The Entrepreneurial Center will host the Summer BizCamp for high school students from across Iowa. The 32 students from around Iowa will participate in a weeklong camp July 15-20 on the UI campus. The students will learn about entrepreneurship from experienced UI faculty, successful area entrepreneurs and business experts.

BizCamp students will also have the chance to work with these experts to develop their ideas for businesses and will make use of BizTech, an online educational learning program, to create a business plan online.

Last year's camp produced many business proposals. J.A.M. Singers is a business that breeds and sells canaries and zebra finches, and For Sale By Owner Iowa City is an e-commerce web-based business where people can list their homes for sale online.

All BizCamp participants have an opportunity to earn seed capital for starting their new venture or for future college tuition.

"These are just some of the many programs we undertake each year to promote business opportunities in Iowa. We want to give young people the tools to be successful," said Dennis Naughton, associate director of the Center.

For more information about the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, contact Naughton at (319) 335-0053 or Dawn Bowlus at (319) 335-0985.