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University of Iowa News Release

April 8, 2003

Registration Underway for Youth Entrepreneur Camp

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Before they set up a lemonade stand or start mowing lawns this summer, Eastern Iowa kids can learn from the University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp what it's really like to start a business.

Registration is now underway for the camp a sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the UI and Hills Bank and Trust. It will provide an enjoyable, educational experience for students in fourth, fifth or sixth grades who want to learn what it's like to start a business.

The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, July 14 to July 18 in the John Pappajohn Business Building. The students will learn about entrepreneurship through classroom and practical experience. They will identify the basic skills required of entrepreneurs, learn how to market a product or service, determine profit potential for a new venture, and end the week having developed a plan to start their own businesses.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to explore entrepreneurship. The camp is designed to teach youth 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. They have eye-catching illustrations, contain examples to which young people can relate, and include activities to stimulate interest in the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Registration for the camp continues through May 16. Cost is $120, which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites, class materials, snacks and lunches. Those registering by May 2 will save $20. An application for the program is available at

JPEC is also sponsoring a business plan competition for high school students where winners can earn seed capital and attend an entrepreneurship seminar June 24 to June 27. See contact Dawn Bowlus at the JPEC at (319) 335-0985 or for more information about both programs.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services (319) 384-0012,