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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 5,
Registration is under way for Youth Entrepreneur Camp
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Before setting up a lemonade stand
or mowing lawns this summer, Eastern Iowa kids can learn what it's really
like to start a business at the University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp.
Registration is now under way for the camp hosted
by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the UI. It provides
a fun, educational experience for students in fourth, fifth or sixth grades
who want to learn what it's like to start a business.
The camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, June
25-29 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 them 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," said JPEC director David Hensley.
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
Registration for the camp continues through May 12.
Cost is $79, which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites,
class materials, snacks and lunches. Those registering by May 5 will save
$10; tuition scholarships are available for those in need. Bus transportation
to and from the camp for Cedar Rapids students will be provided.
JPEC is also offering a entrepreneurship camp for
high school students July 15-20.
To obtain registration materials or for more information for the camps, contact
Dawn Bowlus at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-0985
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See also the JPEC website http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/entrep/youth.html,
where an application can be downloaded.