PROGRAM CONTACT: DAWN BOWLUS
John Pappajohn Entrepreneur Center
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 11, 2002
UI hosts entrepreneur camp for Iowa high school students
Photo: Justin Wilkinson Wilkinson attended BizCamp,
has built a successful canary breeding business in DeWitt, Iowa. In 2001,
the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) selected Wilkinson
as a Youth Entrepreneur of the Year
University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is offering
a weeklong residential camp June 23-28 for Iowa high school students where
they can explore entrepreneurship and compete for seed capital grants for
starting a new business or college tuition.
The camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the John Pappajohn
Business Building with additional activities scheduled in the evening. BizCamp is open to Iowa students who have completed 9th through
11th grades. There is no fee for the camp, which is made possible through
a grant from The William Zimmerman Foundation.
The camp will culminate with a business plan competition
where participants can compete for seed money for student-run businesses or
for college tuition; successful businesses will be highlighted on the Iowa
Youth Entrepreneurship website.
At the camp,
students will have an advanced opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship
technology and e-commerce by developing an on-line plan to start their own
business. They will also learn how to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial
opportunities, write business and feasibility plans, and find financing for
"It's a chance for students to come to the University
of Iowa and learn about entrepreneurship and develop their own business ideas,"
said Dawn Bowlus, JPEC Youth Entrepreneurship
Coordinator. "It's also a chance for business-oriented students to meet
and share ideas."
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 program is sponsored by JPEC, the National Foundation
for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the University of Iowa through a grant
from The William Zimmerman Foundation of Fairfield, Iowa.
Applications for the camp
are available from JPEC and on its website at http://www.iowajpec.org/k-12/high_school_camp.asp.
All applications are due May 17. Housing in UI dormitories will be provided,
but students must provide their own transportation to the camp. Enrollment
is limited to 32 students statewide.
JPEC is also sponsoring a Youth Entrepreneurship Camp for
Eastern Iowa students in grades four to six July 8-12.For more information,
contact Bowlus at (319) 335-0985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.