WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
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.